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Cheesy Bacon Ranch Pull-Apart Bread

This popular and delicious recipe for Cheesy Bacon Ranch Pull-Apart Bread is filled with melted cheese, bacon and buttery ranch seasoning.

AN EASY AND CHEESY APPETIZER OR SNACK

This cheesy ranch bread is ooey, gooey and the perfect appetizer for any party, holiday event or game day. It’s made with 5 easy ingredients and is ready in under 30 minutes. Let me show you how to make your new favorite cheese bread.

Cheesy Bacon Ranch Pull Apart Bread with one slice removed.

TIPS FOR MAKING THIS APPETIZER/SNACK

  • Bread – You will need an oval shaped loaf of bread that is uncut such as a sourdough or ciabatta. You can normally find these specialty type breads in the deli department of the grocery store. You don’t want a super soft bread for this recipe. If it’s too soft, it will be hard to cut and stuff properly.
  • Use unsalted butter for this recipe. The ranch seasoning has salt in it so you don’t want your bread to be overly salty.
  • 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 want to do.
  • Ranch seasoning – You can use a ranch seasoning packet from the store or make your own homemade ranch seasoning. If you make it yourself you will have it on hand for other recipes that call for ranch like ranch potatoes or chicken bacon ranch pasta.
  • Cheese – The fun part about this bread is that you can use whatever cheese you like! Want a spicier pull apart bread? Use a jalapeno cheddar cheese. I used sharp cheddar and mozzarella slices for my bread. You can also use slices or shredded cheese, it’s your choice. After having made this for many years, I have found the thick sliced cheese is the easiest to stuff the bread with.
Cheesy Bacon Ranch Pull Apart Bread recipe from The Country Cook, photo shows close up of hand pulling out a piece of the cheesy bread.

INGREDIENTS NEEDED: (FULL RECIPE AT THE BOTTOM OF THE POST)

  • oval shaped loaf bread such as ciabatta or sourdough
  • unsalted butter
  • ranch seasoning
  • cheddar cheese
  • chopped cooked bacon
oval shaped ciabatta bread, unsalted butter, ranch seasoning, sliced cheese. 
*bacon not pictured

HOW TO MAKE CHEESY BACON RANCH PULL-APART BREAD:

Preheat the oven to 350F degrees. Place bread on a large sheet of aluminum foil. Cut the bread diagonally with a bread knife, making sure not to cut through the bottom of the loaf. Cut the bread again diagonally, this time in the opposite direction. Make sure to not cut all the way through again. The second cut will give you the squares or rectangles that will be pulled out after baking. 

oval ciabatta loaf bread cut diagonally in two directions, bread shown on aluminum foil.

Melt the butter in the microwave-safe bowl and mix in the ranch seasoning. 

melted butter and ranch seasoning mixed together with a fork in a microwave safe glass pyrex measuring cup.

Pour the ranch seasoning in the crevices of the cut bread, moving pieces to make sure you cover all the holes.

melted butter ranch mix being poured into crevices of sliced bread.

Place the cheese and bacon in the crevices of the bread, making sure to cover any open spots. You want all the crevices to be covered in cheese.  

thick cheese slices stuffed into sliced ciabatta bread.

Wrap in foil and bake for 10 minutes. Remove the foil and bake for another 10-15 minutes or until the cheese is melted and the top is golden brown. 

fully baked bacon pull apart bread shown on a baking sheet and topped with fresh chopped parsley.

Remove, allow to cool slightly and serve!

pulling a slice of cheese bread from loaf.

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Cheesy Bacon Ranch Pull Apart Bread recipe

Cheesy Bacon Ranch Pull-Apart Bread

This popular and delicious recipe for Cheesy Bacon Ranch Pull-Apart Bread is filled with melted cheese, bacon and buttery ranch seasoning.
5 from 26 votes
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Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 6

Ingredients

  • 1 oval loaf of sourdough or ciabatta bread
  • ½ cup (1 stick) butter
  • 2 tablespoons dry ranch seasoning
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese (or 8 thick slices)
  • ½ cup chopped cooked bacon

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350F degrees. Place bread on a large sheet of aluminum foil.
  • Cut the bread diagonally with a bread knife, making sure not to cut through the bottom of the loaf.
  • Cut the bread diagonally again, this time in the opposite direction. Make sure to not cut all the way through again. The second cut will give you the squares or rectangles that will be pulled out after baking.
  • Melt the butter in a microwave-safe bowl and mix in the ranch seasoning. 
  • Pour the ranch seasoning in the crevices of the cut bread, moving pieces to make sure you cover all the holes.  
  • Place the cheese and bacon in the crevices of the bread, making sure to cover any open spots. You want all the crevices to be covered in cheese.  
  • Wrap in foil and bake for 10 minutes. Remove the foil and bake for another 10-15 minutes or until the cheese is melted and the top is golden brown.
  • Remove, allow to cool slightly and serve!

Notes

  • Bread – You will need an oval shaped loaf of bread that is uncut such as a sourdough or ciabatta. You can normally find these speciality type breads in the deli department of the grocery store. You don’t want a super soft bread for this recipe. If it’s too soft, it will be hard to cut and stuff properly.
  • Use unsalted butter for this recipe. The ranch seasoning has salt in it so you don’t want your bread to be overly salty.
  • 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.
  • Ranch seasoning – You can use a ranch seasoning packet from the store or make your own homemade ranch seasoning. If you make it yourself you will have it on hand for other recipes that call for ranch like ranch potatoes or chicken bacon ranch pasta.
  • Cheese – The fun part about this bread is that you can use whatever cheese you like! Want a spicier pull apart bread? Use a jalapeno cheddar cheese. I used sharp cheddar and mozzarella slices for my bread. You can also use slices or shredded cheese, it’s your choice. After having made this for many years, I have found the thick sliced cheese is the easiest to stuff the bread with.
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American

Nutrition

Calories: 507kcal | Carbohydrates: 38g | Protein: 20g | Fat: 30g | Sodium: 1394mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g

Nutritional Disclaimer

“The Country Cook” is not a dietician or nutritionist, and any nutritional information shared is an estimate. If calorie count and other nutritional values are important to you, we recommend running the ingredients through whichever online nutritional calculator you prefer. Calories and other nutritional values can vary quite a bit depending on which brands were used.

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Recently published: March 2012
Updated & republished: December 2020

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43 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    I made this tonight for a simple dinner meal, as we didn’t want pizza. So good!!! I was happy to find the exact same ingredients you pictured today at the store. Thanks, Brandie! This recipe is a keeper.

  2. 5 stars
    I have not made this recipe yet because I just saw it posted here and printed it out. I can’t wait to make it because my sisters and I love Sourdough Bread. Thank you so much for posting 🙂

  3. 5 stars
    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!!!

  4. 5 stars
    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

  5. 5 stars
    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!

  6. 5 stars
    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!" 🙂 🙂 🙂

  7. 5 stars
    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

  8. 5 stars
    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!

  9. 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…

  10. 5 stars
    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! 🙂

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

  12. 5 stars
    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.