Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Cheesy Bacon Ranch Bread

I think this appetizer bread has all of my favorite things in it: bread, cheese and bacon.  Then you throw in a little ranch flavor...have mercy.  This is such a fun appetizer or snack to serve. My only advice is to make sure everyone has clean hands before they tear into this thing because this is finger food at it's finest.  Because I'm not a delicate finger food kinda girl. I'm a dig-in, cheesy, bacon-y, need-a-napkin-tucked-into-my-shirt, kinda girl.  I'm pretty sure it's one of the reasons why my husband loves me.  I'm not afraid to eat like a WWE wrestler. Seriously folks, you really gotta try this.
Ingredients
1 round loaf of sourdough (or similar) bread
2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
1/2 cup-3/4 cup chopped cooked bacon
1/2 cup butter, melted
1 tbsp. dry ranch dressing mix

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I used Oscar Mayer real bacon pieces but you could use microwaveable bacon and then chop it up or fry up some bacon for this. Just depends on how much work you wanna do.

Directions:
Preheat oven to 350F degrees.  Using a sharp bread knife, cut the bread going in both directions but don't cut all the way through the bottom.
Place shredded cheese in between the slices.  Really pack it in there as best you can.  This part takes the longest amount of time in this recipe so be patient.  This is also why you wouldn't want to use a really soft bread or else it would tear too easily why you packed the cheese in.


Now add in bacon (as little or as much as you like). Do your best to get in between the slices.


Looks good already, don't it?

Now take 1 tbsp. dry ranch dressing mix and add it to the butter.  
You can add more dry mix if you like a stronger ranch taste.
Give it all a good stir until combined.
  Now pour or spoon the butter mixture over top of the bread.
Oh. Mercy.
Now wrap the whole thing up in aluminum foil and place on baking sheet.  Bake at 350F degrees for 15 minutes. Unwrap from the foil and bake for another 10 minutes (or until the cheese is melted).
And then dig in while warm! 
Enjoy!






Recipe Source: Plain Chicken

41 comments :

Angie said...

OH MY GRAVY, must make this now!!!! Never thought about adding ranch packet to butter, so simple. Doing it! Thanks :)))))

Krista said...

Holy Guacamole! My stomach is literally growling reading this! What a great idea and you could switch up the flavors so easy!!!! I'm thinking a pizza flavored one! Can't wait to try it! ~EMM

Anita at Hungry Couple said...

Oh, my! I'd have to make two because I might accidentally eat the first one all by myself in the kitchen under the excuse of making sure it tasted OK :)

Kait Lunny said...

Nothing says spring like strawberry shortcake! Yum!

From Valeries Kitchen said...

I can tell this would be devoured if you put it out at a party. YUM!

MrsJenB said...

Ohhhhh yeah. That's the stuff, right there.

Wendy said...

I talked my hubby into going by the grocery store on his way home just so I can make this cheesey ranch bacon bread, looking forward to trying it tonight! I just love your blog and recipes. Just the other day I was on pinterest looking for a good banana bread recipe to try and I remembered you blog and thought I would check to see if you had one. Sure enough your Streusel Banana bread was great. Thanks for providing recipes that I can count on to be great and easy enough that a busy Mom like me can handle.

Sandra said...

Cheese, bacon and bread ... three of my favorite food groups!

Shari Smith said...

The Trifecta of Delight! Must.Try.ASAP.

Steph@PlainChicken.com said...

so glad you liked my Cheddar Bacon Ranch Pulls - you need to try the cinnamon version next. It is to die for!

The Better Baker said...

I want some NOW! Wonderful and easy. I make a similar recipe using hawaiian bread and muenster cheese. Such an eAsy and amazing appetizer.

Anonymous said...

Mmmmm, I can smell it now! This MUST be a sin! Thanks for sharing - love your blog!

Denise Turk

Mary Osorio said...

Oh my goooooddnessssssss!!!!! This was the best:) I only made half of the loaf for dinner tonight and the youngest of the "Duncan girls" and my mom stopped by as it was coming out of the oven and they LOVED it, I ended up sending them home with the other half of the loaf of bread:) amazing!!!! My family loved it too! They were looking for the other half!!!! Mom asked where I got the recipe from and I said... Duh where else??? Only Brandie's site!! I love love love your recipes and love that the site is mobile friendly now:) Thank you!
<3 Mary.

The Country Cook said...

Hey Mary!! Woo Hoo - so happy y'all loved this one. And ya know how much I love you Duncan girls ;)
Thank you for coming back and lettign me know how it turned out. Big Hugs to you!

Deborah Dowd said...

My daughter made this after we saw it on Pinterest- it was amazing and it is part of my post on Pinterest successes!

R Dawn said...

OH MY GOSH! I made the cheesy bacon ranch bread Saturday night, BIG hit!! We LOVED it. Thanks so much :-)

R Dawn said...

OH MY GOSH made this cheesy bacon ranch bread Saturday night, BIG HIT

MaryBeth said...

Oh My Good Greif...I so have to make this if I do nothing else before I die.

Tara said...

Wow, does this look good. I am going to post it on my Mouth Watering Mondays post this coming Monday. Come on over and have a look at www.noshingwiththenolands.com. Cheers, Tara

Anonymous said...

Was wondering if this could be prepared ahead then sent home with a friend to bake

Anonymous said...

This totally loooks like something you can do even a day ahead, and pop in the oven when the guests start arriving!!

Anonymous said...

I came across your blog while looking for mac and cheese recipes. I have drooled over all of your recipes. Thanks for such a great blog and sharing such wonderful recipes. My kids and I are going to love these. I have your mac and cheese in my oven right now and it smells sooooo good. Thank you again. Emma.

Anonymous said...

This is excellent. My friends and family loved it. Thank you.

Julia said...

In our house we call this "Crack Bread."

Michele said...

This was amazing!!!

Becky said...

Omg this looks heavenly!

BakeforFun said...

I used to own a cafe where we baked a lot of our bread and I love it. This is an awesome idea and recipe. Thank you so much for this. My son loves bacon and so do I so I will have to try this. I can make the bread and then add the ingredients you suggest. Thanks for the recipe.

Mary (aka RedhedMary) said...

I made this today for a potluck lunch at work. Everyone loved it and wanted the recipe! Yummy!

Catherine said...

Oh. My. Stars. I just happened upon your blog, and I believe I have found my new home. Even my husband said (after seeing your photo montage sidebar) that we need you as a friend! :)

Jennifer Braucht said...

I made this today for the Super Bowl. It was gone even before the other guests arrived! Thanks for giving me a good treat to make :) You've made me very popular...

Nana Joy said...

I have been making "cheese bread" for at least 30 years, but without the ranch dressing mix. I'm thinking I will have to give this another spin...with the added ingredients. I always used the half-baked rounds of sourdough bread and opened the foil for the last 15 minutes so the top browns and the cheese edges crisp. Delicious!

Kimberly King said...

We love this bread! Thank you for sharing!

Anonymous said...

I have found a new friend! I also am drooling over all the recipes. They look so easy. I can't wait to try them after we move into our own home. I am most excited about trying the Sweet Tea. I love McDonald's sweet tea. I am hoping it is the same or better.
Thank you for coming into our lives!!!
Patty in Michigan

Anonymous said...

HHHhhhhhmmmmmmmmm

Seems that this would not only be a "QUICK-FIX" item 4 any occation... but a fairly simple, versitile & affordable appitizer/side-dish!

I bet, if these cuties were pre-assembled, wrapped=up in both foil and ribbons; that they would be excellent "FUNDRAISER" items 4 eihter Church, School and/or Community Events????????

YUP... I think I am through "THINK'n"...
I'm gonna pull a NIKE & "JUST-DO-IT!" :) :) :)

Anonymous said...

I mixed all the "stuffing" ingredients together and filled the slits with the mixture. Took less time. I also added chopped green onions to the mix. Wonderful!

The Country Cook said...

Thank you so very much to everyone who took the time to comment. I may not always get back right away but I do read each and every one! Patty - thank you so very much! What a sweet comment! I hope you love all the recipes you might try! Anonymous, what a great idea, why didn't I think of that? It certainly simplifies the process to combine the cheese and bacon, huh? ~Brandie

Shiloh Barkley said...

Yum!

Anonymous said...

I bet this would be awesome dipped in alfredo sauce!

Anonymous said...

you could do something similar with parmesan or parmesano reggiano and butter/garlic and serve with a salad or with spaghetti... I'm drooling just thinking about both!!!

Anonymous said...

I am going to make this and toss it on the campfire .

krista storoy said...

This looks so good and so easy! I'm defiantly gonna try this at our next NFL or UFC party!