Hot Bacon and Cheese Spread

Hot Bacon and Cheese Spread

This recipe for Hot Bacon and Cheese Spread can be made in a loaf of round bread OR in a small gratin dish and served with crackers. Either way, it makes a spectacular party dish to share with friends. Bubbling hot cheesy bacon dip, yes please!

There is something to be said for well-stocked pantries; they rarely let you down when you need them the most. Just last week I was saved by mine. It was Thursday, an ice day here in Alaska, a day deemed to dangerous to be out and about for school, so we were house bound. My dilemma was this; I needed to prepare TWO dishes for TWO separate occasions the next day. I didn’t have a worry in the world though because I KNEW I could count on our stores to pull us through, and I wasn’t disappointed.

Baked Cheese Dip!

I managed to make cookies with kids, make a delicious coffee cake and pull off the Hot Bacon and Cheese Dip for my husband’s monthly potluck without having to run to the store. I had to make a few substitutions to the recipes I wanted to use but they turned out so well that I like them better than the original.

Hot Bacon and Cheese Spread

Hot Bacon and Cheese Spread

Ingredients

  • 1 round loaf bread
  • 3/4 pound bacon
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 cup grated cheese, use a combo like cheddar and parmesan
  • 2 drops hot sauce, optional

Instructions

  1. preheat oven to 350˚
  2. cut the top off the loaf of bread(a circle about 3-4 inches wide), set aside
  3. use a paring knife to cut a circle about 3-4 inches wide and 2-3 inches deep, remove the bread and cut to bite size pieces--store in bag to keep soft
  4. chop the bacon and fry over medium heat until crispy
  5. drain well
  6. mix the mayonnaise and the bacon together
  7. run the garlic through a garlic press and add to the mayonnaise
  8. add the cheese and the hot sauce if using
  9. stir well
  10. put it in the bread where you took out the center--do not pack down just place it in there
  11. cover with the disk you took off
  12. bake for 45-55 minutes or until cheese in the middle is thoroughly melted
  13. serve with the bread you removed and encourage people to tear off the bread and eat it too
  14. also serve with extra crackers
  15. **Optional Preparation**
  16. prepare and bake in a small (1-2 cup) gratin dish
  17. top with 2 TBSP bread crumbs
  18. bake for 30-40 minutes or until cheese is thoroughly melted
  19. then run under the broiler for 2-3 minutes to brown the top
  20. serve with crackers

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