Hot Bacon Cheese Spread Recipe
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Hot Bacon Cheese Spread Recipe

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This creamy spread, made with Monterey Jack and Parmesan cheeses, is sure to warm up your next holiday party. Guests never wander too far from the table when I put out this fragrant dip. —Bonnie Hawkins, Elkhorn, Wisconsin
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TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Bake: 1 hour
MAKES:16 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Bake: 1 hour
MAKES: 16 servings


  • 1 unsliced round loaf (1 pound) Italian bread
  • 2 cups (8 ounces) shredded Monterey Jack cheese
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup chopped onion
  • 5 bacon strips, cooked and crumbled
  • 1 garlic clove, minced

Nutritional Facts

2 tablespoons: 263 calories, 19g fat (6g saturated fat), 23mg cholesterol, 433mg sodium, 15g carbohydrate (1g sugars, 1g fiber), 8g protein.


  1. Cut top fourth off loaf of bread; carefully hollow out bottom, leaving a 1-in. shell. Cube removed bread and set aside. Combine the remaining ingredients; spoon into bread bowl. Replace top. Place on an ungreased baking sheet.
  2. Bake at 350° for 1 hour or until heated through. Serve with reserved bread cubes. Yield: 2 cups.
Originally published as Hot Bacon Cheese Spread in Country Woman Christmas 2002 , p23

Light-Bodied White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a light-bodied white wine such as Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Grigio.

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debrac User ID: 262939 223387
Reviewed Mar. 23, 2015

"recipe indicates 2 cups 8 oz of Monterey Jack. One cup is 8 oz wouldn't it be 16 oz for 2 cups ? The recipe then says 1 cup 4 oz of parmesan, there again 4 oz is a half a cup, which is it?? measurements are in question."

wilma6308 User ID: 6805867 86677
Reviewed Jan. 22, 2014

"A little too garlicy but everyone loved the bacon and cheese!"

randcbruns User ID: 828588 53280
Reviewed Oct. 19, 2013

"Who doesn't like bacon and cheese. This is great for all sorts of occasions. I do recommend using the best cheese possible, no shaker parmesan, I prefer shredded it from a block of imported. This helps with the grease that others have talked about. Also, the bread bowl help absorb some of the oils from the cheese. My family prefers to add more bacon and a touch of garlic powder. This is a fun one to play with."

LzW09 User ID: 7133259 66179
Reviewed Aug. 26, 2013

"Oh so good!!!! Made this and it was gobbled right up!"

DN27 User ID: 7088069 38104
Reviewed Apr. 18, 2013

"This is a treat!"

barbschoen User ID: 5127585 60825
Reviewed Jan. 1, 2013

"I made this dip for a party and threw it away after trying it. It was awful and very greasy. I can't believe there have been so many good reviews on it."

flambay User ID: 5411442 89426
Reviewed Dec. 9, 2012

"I took this for Thanksgiving this year and it was the biggest hit of the day!"

parksville User ID: 1598935 120977
Reviewed May. 30, 2012

"Great dip, but needed a 1-1/2 lb loaf. Instead of the hassle of cooking bacon, used 1 - 3oz/85g pkg bacon bits . Did not need to replace the top. Set on parchment lined baking sheet covered loosely w/ tin foil b/c the bread can burn easily. Served w/ crackers - it was delicious. Enough for 4 people."

jax4787 User ID: 5528762 205292
Reviewed Feb. 23, 2012

"Made this for a birthday party and everyone loved it and asked for the recipe. Will definitely make again!"

milodoster User ID: 372279 66174
Reviewed Dec. 27, 2011

"Made this for Christmas for a party. It was given rave reviews! Delicious recipe!"

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