Garlic and Basil Ciabatta Bread

Total Time
Prep 5 mins
Cook 5 mins

This sounds like it would be a tasty starter or a side dish with an Italian meal. I originally found the recipe in BBC Good Food Magazine.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Heat the grill / broiler to high.
  2. Beat together the mayonnaise, butter and garlic cloves until smooth.
  3. Chop basil, stir through and season with salt and pepper.
  4. Put the halves of the ciabatta, sliced lengthways, on a baking tray and spread with the butter.
  5. Sprinkle with grated parmesan, then grill for 2-3 minutes.
  6. Remove from baking tray and slice each half into smaller slices.
Most Helpful

Oh my goodness! What an easy, flavorful delight. This was so simple to assemble and tasted wonderful. I love the classic combination of garlic, basil and parmesan. It really hit the spot! Thank you!

MarthaStewartWanabe September 16, 2008

This is a nice change from the usual garlic bread. The basil flavour is so nice with the garlic. I will make this again for sure. This was made for ZWT4. Thanks for sharing your recipe.

GaylaV June 17, 2008

So easy to make this bread, & SO TASTY, too! Definitely a keeper to make with pasta dishes & chili, too! Thanks for sharing! [Made & reviewed while on tour in Italy during Zaar's World Tour 4]

Sydney Mike June 01, 2008