Cheesy garlic bread

Cheesy garlic bread

Ben's BBQ Bible
Billy Law

Garlic bread is always a winner at a barbecue. It’s quick and easy, and hits the spot to help alleviate those hunger pains after you’ve been struggling to light the barbecue for the last hour. I find it’s best to use a baguette, but you could just as easily use a ciabatta.

For me, this recipe is a throwback to Perth in the 1980s, which probably means the 1970s everywhere else in terms of cuisine! Garlic bread was huge at the time; every restaurant served it. Making garlic bread was my first job when I was an apprentice chef. The task was approached with great diligence and pride, because if your garlic bread was good, and you sold lots of it, you got the nod from the apprentices who’d come before you. There was also a lot of competition as to who made the best garlic bread. Try my recipe, and you be the judge.


Quantity Ingredient
1 long sourdough baguette
110g mozzarella ball, chopped
200g taleggio, chopped
200g unsalted butter, soft
4 garlic cloves, finely chopped
2 teaspoon chopped flat-leaf parsley
1 teaspoon chopped sweet marjoram
freshly ground black pepper
paprika, (your choice of sweet or hot — I prefer sweet)


  1. Use a bread knife to cut diagonal slices along the loaf, cutting only three-quarters of the way into the bread with each slice.
  2. Add the chopped cheeses to the butter, along with the garlic and herbs, and season with salt and pepper.
  3. Spread the mix liberally between each slice of bread. Allow some of the butter to ooze from the top, as this will caramelise while cooking on the barbecue and taste wicked.
  4. Wrap the bread in a doubled-over sheet of foil, leave the top exposed and sprinkle with paprika. Place on the barbecue with the lid on. If you have an uncovered barbecue, completely wrap the bread and just place it on the grill. Cook until crisp.
  5. Serve while hot and the cheese is all gooey and delicious.
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