If you’re like Secrets of a Home Cook, you’re grill is on a lot right now. In the blazing summer, it’s much more fun and much less hassle to leave the heat, the cooking to the great outdoors. So, why not throw a doctored-up loaf of cheesy basil garlic bread on the grill while you’re at it? With a few basic ingredients like olive oil, garlic, herbs and cheese, you can turn your favorite bread into something unforgettable. The secret? Pick up a freshly baked loaf. You probably already have everything else.

Mortar and pestle: A must have for home cooks. This little bowl typically made out of stone with a little club-shaped ‘pestle’ crushes and grinds up herbs, spices and garlic like nothing else. Almost every culture has some sort of mortar and pestle and as you can imagine this old school food processor has been around for hundreds of years. Of course if you don’t have a mortar and pestle, you can always use the food processor.

About grilling bread:. The most difficult part of this recipe is not burning the bread. Grilling bread and getting a good char requires a watchful eye and the split decision intuition of when to take it off the hot grill. One minute the bread is perfectly grilled, the next it’s burnt, so pay attention to your bread!

Do-ahead: This is a real crowd-pleasing recipe and a do-ahead one too. Assemble the cheesy garlic bread, wrap it tightly in foil, then place it in a zip-top bag. It can stay in the fridge for a day or two or the fridge for a week.

Cheesy Basil Garlic Bread
This recipe for cheesy basil garlic bread is simply a loaf of bread doctored up with cheese, basil, garlic and olive oil. Grill it or pop it in the oven.

Cheesy Basil Garlic Bread

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Serving Size: 6-8


  • 1 loaf of fresh bread
  • 2 garlic cloves, roughly chopped
  • Big pinch of salt
  • Handful of fresh basil, roughly chopped
  • ½ cup olive oil
  • ½ cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 cup grated mozzarella cheese
  • A few grinds of fresh pepper


  1. Preheat grill to medium heat (alternately heat oven to 350 degrees). Slice bread in 1-inch slices about ¾ down (do not slice all the way through). Place on a sheet of non-stick aluminum foil. Set aside.
  2. Using a mortar and pestle, mix the garlic and salt until it’s broken down. Add the basil and continue to mix, then add the olive oil. Evenly spoon the olive oil mixture between the bread slices.
  3. In a small bowl, combine the Parmesan cheese and the mozzarella cheese. Add freshly ground pepper and evenly distribute between the bread slices.
  4. Loosely wrap the foil around the bread and place on the grill. Cook for 10-15 minutes (watching closely so it does not burn on the bottom). Serve warm when the cheese is melted and gooey.