Chive Bread Recipe

This chive bread is a great change from your typical garlic bread. Mix things up a little tonight! People will RAVE about this bread!

This chive bread is a great change from your typical garlic bread. Mix things up a little tonight! People will RAVE about this bread! Get the recipe on!

Heather Christo–yeah, the one with the amazing kitchen–wrote an equally amazing cookbook:  Heather Christo’s Generous Table: Easy & Elegant Recipes through the Seasons.

And it is gorgeous. I mean–really. I sat down and just leafed through this book admiring the beautiful photos and sweet stories about her family. The book itself has a calming effect.

Okay–I know that sounds super weird, but everything in the book, and everything about Heather, just seems so relaxed. And when it comes to a book about entertaining, a little calm is very welcomed.

Want to make Sunday supper a little more special on a crisp fall day? Turn to the “Autumn” section of the book and you’ll find the components of a great Sunday dinner including Brussels Sprouts with Bacon and Leeks, Greek Chicken and Potatoes, and an Apple and Cranberry Crostata to finish off your meal.

Need to throw a fabulous spring soirée? Just flip to the “Spring” section of Heather’s book and you’ll find ideas to perfect your party: Rhubarb Cooler, Cucumber Chile Mignonette, Beet Pesto Pasta, Crispy Polenta Cups with Crème Fraîche and Caviar, Seared Sea Scallops with Artichoke Pesto, and Zucchini Lemon Cupcakes. Who wouldn’t want to be at that party?

From the fancier anniversary dinner to the more relaxed (such as her ideas for “Game Night”), Heather has you covered. And even those fancier recipes remain completely approachable and doable.

She has me wanting to throw a party, stat.

If you’re not convinced yet, just watch this adorable video. You’ll want the book too.

I picked a super simple recipe — even though they all looked amazing, I had the ingredients on hand for this chive bread and I was really interested in trying it.

This chive bread is a great change from your typical garlic bread. Mix things up a little tonight! People will RAVE about this bread! Get the recipe on!

Chive Bread

This chive bread is a great change from your typical garlic bread. Mix things up a little tonight!

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  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter
  • 1 loaf rustic ciabatta bread, split in half horizontally
  • 1/2 cup finely minced chives
  • pinch of kosher salt


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. In a small saucepan, melt the butter. Gently mix in the chives and salt with a spoon.
  3. Place 2 pieces of ciabatta on a baking sheet, cut sides up. Spoon half of the melted butter mixture on each half. Reassemble the ciabatta, placing the top on the bottom, and bake for 10 minutes, until the bread is hot and crispy and the inside is soft and buttery.
  4. Slice and serve immediately.

Heather Christo’s Generous Table by Heather Christo © 2013 Kyle Books

All images and text ©Rachel Cooks.
Chive Bread Nutrition Label

Actual nutrition may vary depending on how recipe is prepared.

The only changes I made to the recipe were that I used the microwave to melt the butter (yes, I’m that lazy) and I used a ciabatta baguette. We loved the recipe–even my husband, who I really didn’t think would like the flavor of the chives. But this stuff is seriously addicting. Beware!

I was sent a copy of the book by Heather. All opinions are my own–I would recommend this book to my mother and my best friend.

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  2. I love bread in its many forms and this chive bread looks fab. Me and mt daughters would gobble this up with a night watching a movie and eating pasta. That would be our memorable time together.

  3. This bread looks amazing! My daughter’s birthday party is coming up this Sunday, my son’s in July, and hoping to celebrate our new home with family and friends this fall (after a few months of settling in).

  4. Actually, Easter is coming up for Orthodox Christians (on May 5 of all days!) and hoping to have a nice, but small, spread for our family to bring back foods that were cut out for our season of Lent.

  5. My boyfriend and I both have May birthdays, and we’re throwing ourselves a joint party with a Cinco de Mayo theme. I’m looking for great appetizer and drink ideas!

  6. I’d love to do something special for mother’s day….our mom always makes our birthdays special and I’d love to do the same for her!

  7. This books sounds like a must have! I love having people over and trying to make it special. Father’s Day is coming up, so it would be fun to throw a little party for the Dad’s and make it special

  8. I am thinking about having a Cinqo de Mayo celebration, and I am in the midst of the big ordeal of menu planning- love it!

  9. We have a retirement party, a birthday party, a graduation, an 18th birthday part, and a 16th birthday party all but one in the month of May and one the first week of June.

  10. I’ll make this recipe on Sunday for family dinner, I plan on making beef stew with your new recipe too!!!

  11. This book looks great! I would love to make this bread for when my in-laws come visit!

  12. This book looks so beautiful. That chive bread makes me so happy that it is spring! Thanks for offering this and yeah, taking kids to the PO is a little tough. I can think of use #103 for duct tape that will take care of that problem for ya :) Just kidding…

  13. I stinking love this! Great post and I cannot wait to to try everything she makes, as well as you!

  14. I’ve wanted to host a Sunday dinner for my family. Hoping to do it soon.

  15. One way I show my hard-working spouse how much I appreciate all he does for us is to cook him his favorite meals and delicious sweets. His birthday is coming up, and I want to make him an extra-special dinner.

  16. we have our monthly cooking club coming up, and that would be fun to have a nicer dish for.

  17. I am hosting a brunch for my mom’s birthday that I would love to make extra-special!

  18. I’ll be throwing my housewarming party soon! I’m the same way, I see all these great *easy* recipes and it just makes me want to throw a party every few nights!

  19. I have a birthday coming up in May and I would love to make an extra special dinner to enjoy with my husband and our good friends. My mil is moving nearby and we will definitely want to have a celebration meal for that event, too.

  20. SO many events! My hubs’ graduation, my bridal shower, my sons birthday, Mothers Day..the list goes on! This is our busiest time of the year every many May birthdays and events! It’s so much fun but so crazy! This is such a beautiful book, I can only imagine how much use I can get out of this!! Gorgeous job Heather!

  21. We’re throwing a retirement party for my mom, who has been teaching for 25 years.

  22. This looks delicious! Love how easy this is to put together. Lovely post.

  23. We will be having 12 relatives flying in to stay with us for 8 days during the week of 4th of July. Since I will be responsible for cooking every day, I would love to have some new inspiration! Her recipes look amazing.

  24. I wish I had this book for inspiration for a dear friend’s wedding and lingerie shower we just hosted at my house! (Fortunately Chai Spice Coffee Cake is always a winner.)

    Watching that video, I completely agree with the importance of really slowing down and enjoying meals with your family. My husband and I are often so pooped at the end of a work day that I fly into the kitchen, sling together something warm, and barely pause after sitting down to really taste it. Ah, to take a moment. And taste. And enjoy.

  25. My husband works nights so I’m always looking for ways to have delicious, easy meals ready for him to warm up when he finally gets home, mini quiches are definitely one of the most simple, portable and versatile dishes that keep ending up waiting for him in the morning!

  26. Looking forward to reading the book. The organization sounds simple and easy to use.

  27. OMG, you are so right. I was already in love with Heather after you introduced her here, and then I’ve been totally stalking her blog, but that video just puts it over the top. Can we set up a girls get together because I seriously just want to have coffee/wine with you guys! :) This book is a must have in my hands soon! Next big party we have is my son’s 3rd birthday – a big soccer party in Central Park. Should be fun, but feeding a bunch of toddlers anything but pizza and goldfish is always challenging!

  28. A bunch of people in my (extended) family are graduating from various schools this year, and we are planning a combined graduation party. I would love to be able to contribute with something delicious and special!

  29. I am planning a BBQ for my birthday, my mother-in-law’s birthday, and father’s day! Would love to win this to make some thing special for my family.

  30. I’m going over to my cousins house for a BBQ on Saturday night! It’ll be a mini-family reunion, the first since my husband and I have moved to California!

  31. I’m making food for my mom’s Bunco party and would love this cookbook to hlp me come up with delicious food to serve!

  32. Maybe a small family get-together for Memorial Day. Or I’m hoping to do a family reunion in Italy late this summer, with new-found cousins.

  33. We are expecting a grandchild soon. We are going to be babysittinga few months later while her parents take the honeymoon they had postponed when they were married. I’d like to prepare a special “welcome home” meal the day they return.

  34. Nothing coming up soon, but my daughter invited her in-laws to our house for Thanksgiving this coming Fall. An extra nine people in town for a few days, so will be a cooking machine. Looks like a nice book.

  35. This looks like an incredible book! I’m so excited for it! I would love to just make dinners with friends a little more snazzy.

  36. Cinco de mayo of course! :)

  37. I am planning a big party for my SIL’s birthday coming up. I want it to be extra special – I’m doing all the cooking and baking.

  38. I would like to make something special for mother’s day!

  39. This would be a perfect addition to the food table at my Meet Logan party that’s coming up!

  40. What a gorgeous bread and a great giveaway! I have a get-together with girlfriends coming up soon and would love to make some recipes from Heather’s beautiful book. Thanks for sharing!

  41. A family dinner with all of us together for the first time in 16 months

  42. I’d likely use something from this book for an upcoming baby shower.

  43. My kids all come over about montly, with their kids (makes 13 of us at the table) and since I retired from work I am constantly looking for new recipes and foods to try when they come, Would like to find some new ideas in Heather Christo’s book Generous Table. Thank you for sharing this with us.

  44. I would love to try a recipe for dinner when my in-law’s are in town!

  45. Wow , this is being made they next pasta night

  46. I would love to look through Heather’s book to get ideas for my upcoming anniversary (5!!). I love seein her pictures on Pinterest, and everything always looks so incredible.

  47. I have chives growing in abundance already; this seems marvelous to me. I’m having my brother and nephews over. that’s when I always show off the most.

  48. Love her book! This chive bread is going to be a favorite of mine too.

  49. Our first wedding anniversary is coming up in June, and this book would be a particularly wonderful gift because cooking is one of our favorite things to do together. We often entertain, explore new recipes, and enjoy sharing a kitchen! I would love to surprise my husband with a delicious meal and new ideas for our lifetime of meals together :) Thanks for showcasing this book!

  50. I am throwing a relaxed wine party to celebrate the birth of a friend’s fourth child. We figure she is deserving of lots of wine by #4! I have the wine, just need ideas for the rest of the party!

  51. I would use this to make Mother’s Day even more special! I love having our family together for special meals and setting a pretty table!

  52. I am going to a Mother’s Day brunch! I love making special things for special people :)

  53. What a great idea for bread – so good!

  54. OMG Rachel!! I love this. Thank you so much for this great post! The Chive bread is one of those recipes that I make over and over, I am so happy that you liked it :) XOXO

  55. With plenty of time to plan, there are two events that I am preparing for. One being a MC pig roast fundraiser and the second being the World Championship Punkin Chunkin competition

  56. i would use this for mother’s day! looks like a beautiful cookbook :)

  57. Will be having a huge party at my house with all my family invited in May

  58. Love how simple this is! Such a great way to change up the ordinary. Hmmm parties… we’re potentially going to have a house warming party for my parents after they move, otherwise the next big thing is my oldest daughters birthday in July… so far out but so soon!

  59. I have a graduation party that I’d love to make special

  60. I would love to make recipes from this for a dinner party with my friends!

  61. Heather’s book looks absolutely amazing, as does this bread. I love it!

  62. My youngest will be graduating from 8th grade & I’d like to throw an extra special little party. It’s been a year of change & difficulty, but she has been a trooper and I’m so proud of her.

  63. I’m hoping for some summertime fun with friends I don’t see often. Good wine and good food.

  64. the book looks beautiful! I would use it for mother’s day….

  65. I don’t have any parties comping up, wish I did though! I love parties! :)

  66. We love to have people over for dinner. Just casual and that is always the most fun.

  67. My Dad’s 81 birthday is coming up and I’d like to do something special for him.

  68. My grandmother’s 80th birthday. It won’t be a huge affair, but we’d still like to make it extra special for her.
    Thanks for the Chive bread recipe…cannot wait to give it a try as I LOVE chives!

  69. I am having a wedding anniversary party for my parents 40’th wedding anniversary! I would like to make it extra special for them!

  70. I have a double graduation celebration coming up that I would love to make extra special. I am doing the dinner party and decorations. Maybe I could find something special in the Heather Christo’s Generous Table Cookbook if I win. Thank you for posting, I love your chive bread.

  71. I have a housewarming/birthday party this weekend for my sister’s boyfriend, this looks super easy and delicious!

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