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 Jones Dairy Farm Dry-Aged 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 tablespoons: 119 calories, 10g fat (2g saturated fat), 10mg cholesterol, 155mg sodium, 6g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 0 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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s_pants User ID: 174050 262080
Reviewed Mar. 5, 2017

"This was very tasty. I did alter the recipe by adding 3/4 block of cream cheese as another reviewer suggested and left out the peppers because I did not have them on hand. I baked it in the oven in a pie plate."

parksville User ID: 1598935 146429
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."

katlaydee3 User ID: 3741999 58877
Reviewed Jan. 2, 2014

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

MY REVIEW User ID: 193450 56867
Reviewed Oct. 20, 2013

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

BBartlett87 User ID: 7398788 74919
Reviewed Sep. 6, 2013

"Every chance I get..."

minnie User ID: 7775663 61038
Reviewed Dec. 12, 2012

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

glendaruth User ID: 4739786 92915
Reviewed Dec. 1, 2011

"I now know this recipe by heart! I add extra bacon and adapt to 3/4 cup red pepper with 1/4 cup green. I also use a red onion to zip it up. Definitely a crowd pleaser!"

engramish User ID: 1703777 74918
Reviewed Jun. 29, 2011

"This bread bowl is excellent! I modify it slightly. I use 1/4 cup of onion, and omit the green pepper. I also like to crumble extra bacon on the top. It has become a favorite family treat! If I take it to a friends house or a party, I always take extra copies of the recipe. Without a doubt I am always asked for one!"

kristenr User ID: 1023038 120859
Reviewed Dec. 20, 2010

"I have made this many times for a holiday appetizer. The red and green peppers make it perfect for Christmas! It's so yummy that I rarely have leftovers, but when I do, they heat up well (removed from bread bowl)."

wendyschall User ID: 2394286 92821
Reviewed Oct. 30, 2010

"Has become a family tradition"

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