Warm Savory Cheese Spread Recipe
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Warm Savory Cheese Spread Recipe

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Served in a bread bowl, this colorful cheese dip gets added flavor from bacon and veggies. “It’s perfect for parties anytime of the year,” notes field editor Marilu Hynes of McLeod Hill, New Brunswick.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 1 hour
MAKES:48 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 1 hour
MAKES: 48 servings


  • 2 cups mayonnaise
  • 2 cups (8 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 large onion, finely chopped
  • 8 bacon strips, cooked and crumbled
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped sweet red pepper
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped green pepper
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 round loaf (1 pound) sourdough bread
  • Assorted crackers

Nutritional Facts

2 tablespoon: 119 calories, 10g fat (2g saturated fat), 10mg cholesterol, 155mg sodium, 6g carbohydrate (trace sugars, trace fiber), 2g protein


  1. In a large bowl, combine the first eight ingredients. Cut the top fourth off the loaf of bread; carefully hollow out bottom, leaving a 1-in. shell (save removed bread for another use).
  2. Spoon cheese mixture into bread shell. Wrap in a piece of heavy-duty foil (about 24 in. x 18 in.). Bake at 350° for 1 hour or until heated through. Serve with crackers. Yield: 4 cups.
Originally published as Warm Savory Cheese Spread in Taste of Home October/November 2005, p12

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Reviewed Oct. 11, 2014

"Very tasty recipe. Had a problem w/ the dip not being quite hot enough in the bread after 1 hour in the oven, so to save time I poured it into a 9" glass pie plate and microwaved it until it was okay to eat. Next time I would not bother w/ the bread, just bake it in a pie plate. Served four people w/ Ritz and Breton crackers. Easy to make, our guests loved it."

Reviewed Jan. 2, 2014

"Excellent ! I served several different appetizers on Christmas Eve while wrapping gifts."

Reviewed Oct. 20, 2013

"Very tasty! I used an oval shaped loaf of bread for our Wisconsin Badger football party. Everyone enjoyed the dip."

Reviewed Sep. 6, 2013

"Every chance I get..."

Reviewed Dec. 12, 2012

"My family loves this recipe, its so yummy, don't try using lite mayo, it doesn't turn out."

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