Garlic and Basil Ciabatta Bread

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

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  1. 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!
  2. 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.
  3. 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]
  4. Loved the flavor of this bread and the ease of preparing it. Made for ZWT4


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