Garlic Bread

    15 min

    Sliced French bread is spread with a mixture of cream cheese, herbs and garlic, then topped with grated Parmesan and grilled to perfection. It makes a great starter, appetiser or side dish.

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    Serves: 12 

    • 575g French bread, sliced
    • 250ml olive oil, divided
    • 1 tablespoon crushed garlic
    • 110g cream cheese, softened
    • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
    • 1 teaspoon dried basil
    • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh parsley
    • 1 pinch salt
    • freshly ground black pepper to taste
    • 4 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese

    Prep:10min  ›  Cook:5min  ›  Ready in:15min 

    1. Preheat a grill. Line a baking tray with foil.
    2. Heat 1 tablespoon of the olive oil in a frying pan over low heat. Add garlic; cook and stir for a few minutes until fragrant.
    3. In a medium bowl, stir together the cream cheese, garlic, oregano, basil, parsley, salt and pepper. Mix in about half of the remaining olive oil until smooth. Spread 1 tablespoon of this mixture onto each slice of bread and place them on the foil-lined baking tray. Sprinkle Parmesan cheese over each slice, then drizzle with remaining olive oil.
    4. Grill for 3 to 5 minutes or until cheese is bubbly and golden brown. Watch VERY carefully, it will brown fast.

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    This was really good. I used a large loaf of Italian Ciabatta bread cut in half. I used 3X the amount of garlic and I still think it needed more. The trick to getting the cream cheese and oil to mix is to do it in a food processor. Add the cream cheese and herbs and start pulsing, then very slowly add in the oil while pulsing the machine. If you do it right, the oil and cream cheese will form an emulsion and will not separate. I will make it again, but next time I think I will add feta cheese and garlic salt, it was just missing that extra punch of flavor.  -  20 Aug 2006  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    I had a half a loaf of french bread to use up and made pasta for dinner. This bread was really good. After reading reviews, some had trouble with mixing the olive oil and cream cheese. I decided to drizzle oil on the bread first, then spread the mixture and broil. Since my bread slices were small it only took a few minutes on low to melt. I also drizzled a small amount of olive oil and grated parmesan after coming out of the oven.  -  17 Jun 2008  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    Definitely one of my favorite garlic bread recipes! I stuck the cream cheese mixture in the frig. for a little while. It mixed a lot easier!  -  17 Feb 2006  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)