Saturday, 16 April 2011

Garlic-Basil Bread/ Garlic-Basil Ciabatta

Here is something so easy and yummy to munch on! I grabbed a ciabatta loaf the other day from a nearby store and thought of making some garlic bread which we really love. But I ended up making these as I had loads of basil lying around. So easy to make, and takes minimum effort and time.


1 Medium ciabatta loaf, 160g
2 Tbsp butter at room temperature
1 Heaped Tbsp Mayonnaise (I used lighter than light mayonnaise here)
½ Tbsp light Olive oil
3 garlic cloves chopped very finely
2 Tbsp chopped basil
½ cup grated mild cheddar (reduce as per wish)
Salt – if needed
Pepper - to taste (I haven’t added any)


1. Slice ciabatta into 1 inch thickness at an angle. I got 8 pieces.

2. Mix together soft butter, mayo, minced garlic, olive oil and chopped basil. Spread this mixture on the ciabatta slices.

3. Place these Ciabattas on a cookie sheet lined with baking paper. Sprinkle grated cheddar on each slice and bake for about 8-10 minutes at 180 degrees until the cheese on top melts and starts taking golden patches here and there. Serve along with any soup or just have it as a starter. I served it alongside Moussakka.

N.B: You can use cheese of choice like Parmesan, Mozzarella. If you are using parmesan, you might need to reduce teh amount as the flavour is quite strong.


An Open Book said...

shab i have the same basil chedi..well it will soon be 'i HAD a basil plant' cos i have no idea how 2 keep a plant alive.
i love garlic bread...but I am so lazy 2 make it so end up buying..basil and garlic im imagining it to be a brilliant combo..

Sarah said...

very nice! love the presentation! lovely clicks too..

nadira said...

Yummm looks really good!

Priya said...

Omg,cant take my eyes from ur irresistible garlic bread,soooo tempting.. said...

Looks amazing and I am sure it tastes super too.

Kairali sisters said...

I love garlic bread and basil garlic is sure a great combo, delicious clicks Shabs,,

Plateful said...

Ohhh how I'd love to bite into that crusty bread and devour the burst of flavors from garlic, basil and cheese-thought I'd substitute cheddar with mozzarella! Lovely shots and presentation, Shabs!!

Shabs.. said...

@Nish...LOL...just water it a bit every morning, thats all what i do and it last for quite a few weeks...Its teh first time i am giving this flavour a try, and we really loved it.

sarah, nadira,priya, simply food,kairali sisters...thanks for your compliments:)

@plateful, thanks. I have added the option of adding mozzarella and parmesan now;)...I had it mind, but the post wasin a hurry and I forgot:)...Thanks for reminding.

divya said...

Wat a irresistible garlic bread,soooo tempting.....yumm!

Zareena said...

Excellent presentation Shabs. Your basil plant looks very lively and green..touchwood.. Lovely combi of garlic and basil.

Priya (Yallapantula) Mitharwal said...

Loving it, I am so tempted to pick one and eat it right now :)

Jennifurla said...

Oh dear, this goes to the top of my idea list! Great recipe,thanks for sharing.

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