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Cheddar Bacon Ranch Pull Bread

Ever since I was a kid, the Holidays meant it was time for horderves/appetizers.  Since everyone is coming and going, my Mom would always have a table full of them.  For this reason I am always on the lookout for new and interesting ideas.  I stumbled upon a single picture that excited my taste buds.  It was a picture of a round of sourdough bread that sliced to resemble a porcupine and then covered with bacon and cheese.  To my surprise, the bread was also drenched in ranch flavored butter.  So I made it for Dana and it was a hit.  The appetizer was a hit.  I can see why it is nicknamed “Crack Bread”.

Cheddar Bacon Ranch Pull Bread (Adapted from Plain Chicken)

Using a sharp knife cut a cross-hatch pattern into the bread.  To do this slice the bread into 1/2 inch slices, making sure not to cut into the bottom crust.  After you make the cuts in one direction, it is easiest to get an extra set up hands to squeeze the loaf together to cut it in the other direction.

Slice the bread in a cross-hatched pattern

Place the bread onto a large piece of aluminum foil and curve up the edges to form a packet.  Then place the thin slices of cheddar cheese in between the cut slices.  Then sprinkle the top with the crumbled bacon.

Add the cheese and bacon

In a large microwave safe bowl, melt the butter.  Then add the dried herbs and spices. Mix everything together and let it sit for a minute.

Ranch Butter

Pour the butter/herb mixture all over the bread.

Wrap the foil all the way around the round of bread and place onto a baking sheet.

Slide the baking sheet into the preheated 350 degree oven and bake for 15 minutes.

Unwrapped

Then unwrap the bread and continue to bake for another 10-15 minutes or until the cheese is melted and starting to brown.

Cheddar Bacon Ranch Pull Bread

Remove the bread from the oven and place onto a serving plate.

Pull Bread

Have your guests tear pieces off to eat.

Cheddar Bacon Ranch Pull Bread
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Recipe type: Appetizer
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Serves: 8
 
The ultimate appetizer for a party. Tear and eat, pull bread.
Ingredients
  • 1 unsliced round sourdough bread
  • 8 oz block of cheddar cheese, sliced into thin slices
  • ¼ lb bacon, cooked and crumbled
  • 1 stick butter, melted
  • ¼ tsp dried chives
  • ¼ tsp dried parsley
  • ¼ tsp dill weed
  • ¼ tsp garlic powder
  • ⅛ tsp onion powder
  • ⅛ tsp seasoning salt
  • pinch black pepper
Instructions
  1. Using a sharp knife cut a cross-hatch pattern into the bread. To do this slice the bread into ½ inch slices, making sure not to cut into the bottom crust. After you make the cuts in one direction, it is easiest to get an extra set up hands to squeeze the loaf together to cut it in the other direction.
  2. Place the bread onto a large piece of aluminum foil and curve up the edges to form a packet. Then place the thin slices of cheddar cheese in between the cut slices. Then sprinkle the top with the crumbled bacon.
  3. In a large microwave safe bowl, melt the butter. Then add the dried herbs and spices. Mix everything together and let it sit for a minute.
  4. Pour the butter/herb mixture all over the bread.
  5. Wrap the foil all the way around the round of bread and place onto a baking sheet.
  6. Slide the baking sheet into the preheated 350 degree oven and bake for 15 minutes.
  7. Then unwrap the bread and continue to bake for another 10-15 minutes or until the cheese is melted and starting to brown.
  8. Remove the bread from the oven and place onto a serving plate.
  9. Have your guests tear pieces off to eat.
 

It is quite honestly the tastiest bread appetizer that I have ever eaten.


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Comments
  • comment avatar Chris December 24, 2011

    holy crap, yes please! This looks spectacularly, ridiculously fun and tasty.

    Happy holidays to you and Dana!

  • comment avatar David Francis December 28, 2011

    Man, you're killing me. I already have a long list from your recipes that I want to try, then you add this bacon and bread and cheese. It's not a "want to" do recipe – it's a "have to" do recipe. Thanks for sharing!

  • comment avatar Asha January 11, 2012

    This sounds like an amazing recipe. Need to try it. Thanks for sharing!

    • comment avatar savoryreviews January 11, 2012

      I am sure that you will love it. We have this as an appetizer whenever we can.

  • comment avatar Brian December 28, 2013

    Rex this looks amazing man! I LOVE your site and recipes…spent hours looking thru the website recipes. Question- I see you adapted this recipe from another site…so you skipped the ranch? Or did I miss something?
    Thanks,
    Brian

    • comment avatar savoryreviews December 31, 2013

      Brian, It was adapted as I made a homemade ranch dressing for the bread. If I would have used the exact recipe it would not have been adapted from. However since the recipe was not exactly the same it is considered an adapted recipe. Thanks for the question.

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