Basil Garlic Bread Recipe
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Basil Garlic Bread Recipe

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This is a must have accompaniment in my home. It goes well with Italian dishes to a simple salad dishes.—Stephanie Moon, Boise, Idaho.
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 10 min.
MAKES:4 servings
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TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 10 min.
MAKES: 4 servings


  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons minced fresh basil or 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 loaf (8 ounces) French bread

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 piece) equals 280 calories, 15 g fat (8 g saturated fat), 35 mg cholesterol, 555 mg sodium, 30 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 7 g protein.


  1. In a microwave-safe bowl, combine the butter, parsley, basil and garlic. Cover and microwave until butter is melted. Stir in cheese.
  2. Cut the bread in half lengthwise; place cut side down on an uncovered grill over medium heat for 2 minutes or until lightly toasted. Brush cut side with the butter mixture. Grill or broil 1-2 minutes longer. Yield: 4 servings.
Originally published as Basil Garlic Bread in Quick Cooking July/August 1999, p21

Light-Bodied White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a light-bodied white wine such as Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Grigio.

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Reviewed Aug. 15, 2012

"This was pretty good, but I did think it could use some more flavor. Next time I would increase the basil and maybe add some onion salt. The parsley doesn't add a lot to the taste although it makes the bread look wonderful to serve."

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