Warm Bacon Cheese Spread Recipe
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Warm Bacon Cheese Spread Recipe

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My friends threaten not to come by unless this dip is on the menu! The rich spread bakes right in the bread bowl and goes well with almost any dipper. Plus, cleanup is a breeze. -Nicole Marcotte, Smithers, British Columbia
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 1 hour
MAKES:32 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 1 hour
MAKES: 32 servings


  • 1 round loaf (1 pound) sourdough bread
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1-1/2 cups (12 ounces) sour cream
  • 2 cups (8 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 3/4 pound sliced bacon, cooked and crumbled
  • 1/2 cup chopped green onions
  • Assorted crackers

Nutritional Facts

2 tablespoon: 132 calories, 9g fat (5g saturated fat), 26mg cholesterol, 214mg sodium, 8g carbohydrate (1g sugars, 0 fiber), 5g protein.


  1. Cut the top fourth off the loaf of bread; carefully hollow out the bottom, leaving a 1-in. shell. Cut the removed bread and top of loaf into cubes; set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, beat cream cheese until fluffy. Add the sour cream, cheddar cheese and Worcestershire sauce until blended; stir in bacon and onions.
  3. Spoon into bread shell. Wrap in a piece of heavy-duty foil (about 24x17 in.). Bake at 325° for 1 hour or until heated through. Serve with crackers and reserved bread cubes. Yield: 4 cups.

Test Kitchen Tips
  • Worcestershire adds a delicious savory flavor (aka umami) to recipes.
  • This makes a mean seafood dip as well! Just swap out the bacon for an equal amount of lump crab, cooked shrimp or a combination of the two.
  • Originally published as Warm Bacon Cheese Spread in Taste of Home December/January 2003, p27

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    teachna User ID: 5500528 259102
    Reviewed Jan. 2, 2017

    "Everyone raved about this recipe!!! I prepared as is with no changes. Definitely a keeper."

    sd20 User ID: 5560294 238882
    Reviewed Dec. 7, 2015

    "We loved it and so easy to make."

    mptwins User ID: 5671414 238153
    Reviewed Nov. 26, 2015

    "Making this now and it has a wonderful flavor. I did not serve in a bread bowl because of family having celiac and not being able to have gluten. I prepped as normal but then threw it in a mini crockpot (for dips) to warm and serve. I used sweet onion because that's all I had on hand and used much less, probably just a few pinches to get some flavor. Will keep this in hand for an easy go to for parties!"

    papa60 User ID: 2543625 231209
    Reviewed Aug. 14, 2015

    "Omg I made this last weekend for some friends I should have made two they just loved it thank you so much this is a keeper !!!"

    Floweryone User ID: 1804784 218022
    Reviewed Jan. 17, 2015

    "To me, this just screams out for garlic and then it would be perfect!"

    puffybloomers User ID: 1501090 213949
    Reviewed Dec. 4, 2014

    "make it every holiday. it's the best"

    jdymur User ID: 1553720 136694
    Reviewed Sep. 10, 2013

    "I am being asked again to make this fabulous dip. Even the bread bowl gets eaten!!! Try it! It will not disappoint!"

    cglenmichalski User ID: 5091732 89362
    Reviewed Dec. 25, 2012

    "Received rave reviews!"

    twinmama78 User ID: 3451598 42240
    Reviewed Dec. 2, 2012

    "I am usually not welcome to attend parties unless I have this dip with me! Since I don't like onions, I have never put them in it, but that does not change the rave reviews this gets."

    raych32 User ID: 1013655 54189
    Reviewed Jan. 29, 2012

    "I made this for the first time as a Thanksgiving appetizer. Everyone loved it! Can't wait to make it again."

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