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Hawaiian Cheese Bread Recipe

Hawaiian Cheese Bread Recipe

"This bread is absolutely delicious," promises Amy McIlvain in Wilmington, Delaware. "My mother’s friend brought it to a party at work, and after one bite, Mom knew she had to have the recipe. With constant nagging, she eventually got it! Simple and fast, this mouthwatering loaf is a hit with everybody and at every kind of function."—Amy McIlvain, Wilmington, Delaware
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 25 min. YIELD:16 servings


  • 1 loaf (1 pound) Hawaiian sweet bread
  • 1 block (8 ounces) Swiss cheese
  • 3 slices red onion, chopped
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 teaspoon salt


  • 1. Cut bread diagonally into 1-in. slices to within 1 in. of bottom. Repeat cuts in opposite direction. Cut Swiss cheese into 1/4-in. slices; cut slices into small pieces. Insert into bread. Combine the onion, butter, garlic and salt; spoon over bread.
  • 2. Wrap loaf in foil. Bake at 350° for 25-30 minutes or until cheese is melted. Serve warm. Yield: 16 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 serving: 199 calories, 12g fat (7g saturated fat), 38mg cholesterol, 314mg sodium, 17g carbohydrate (6g sugars, 1g fiber), 7g protein.

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justmbeth User ID: 1196484 265944
Reviewed May. 14, 2017

"A big hit! We also make the savory party bread found on this site. This will be a nice addition to change it up."

honey25 User ID: 5819292 262083
Reviewed Mar. 5, 2017

"There's not a crumb left when I serve this bread. It's a great party food or accompaniment to soups and salads."

sugarcrystal User ID: 5836839 252796
Reviewed Aug. 16, 2016

"This was great, but I used green onions in place of red, & a dash of garlic salt in place of the minced garlic & salt."

dschultz01 User ID: 1076910 243457
Reviewed Feb. 8, 2016

"Made this last night for the Super Bowl. It was pretty good. If I made it again, I would puree the onions, or mince them. I didn't care for the diced pieces of onion on it."

angieact1 User ID: 1990802 229478
Reviewed Jul. 13, 2015

"Everyone loved this at my party! It went fast and is fun to look at."

collectorkerri User ID: 212062 106814
Reviewed Nov. 15, 2013

"This bread received raves at the moms' night out I brought it to. Everyone loved it. It definitely has earned a place at my family's all-appetizer Christmas Eve dinner this year."

auntb950 User ID: 3743918 106812
Reviewed Jun. 8, 2013

"Check your grocery store deli for this bread sold under King's Hawaiian bread.  It comes in dinner rolls, round loaf and sandwich buns.  It's a sweet bread and it does not have cheese in the bread. "

auntb950 User ID: 3743918 106810
Reviewed Jun. 8, 2013

"We buy King's Hawaiian bread here.  It is usually found in the deli section of your grocery stores.  It comes in the round loaf, in dinner rolls and in sandwich buns.  There's no cheese in it.  It's just a sweet bread."

tasha1234 User ID: 5163667 171460
Reviewed Jun. 7, 2013

"I would love to give this recipe a whirl but have never heard of Hawaiian Cheese bread. Could someone supply a recipe or at least tell me what ingredients are in this type of bread.


craft_crazy User ID: 54246 96644
Reviewed Jun. 5, 2013

"Where do you buy Hawaiian sweet bread. Would pumpernickel bread work?"

JoiaLee User ID: 3692137 152971
Reviewed Jun. 5, 2013

"I make a party/spice bread very similar. Tip: Use an electric knife to cut the bread - so much easier and be sure to double wrap in foil and put a cookie sheet underneath. With single foil and nothing underneath, the butter will leak out making a mess of your oven and the bread will taste smokey."

auntb950 User ID: 3743918 130280
Reviewed Jan. 16, 2012

"Personally, I think you could try about any combination you want.   This is what I did with the roast beef and rye bread loaf.  But for best results, I would stick with a bread that is light and airy instead of a dense and heavy bread.  I don't think it would cut up as nice as the recipe calls for and fall apart easily to where you can put the ingredients in between all the nooks and crannies of the slices.  I think you could use any shape whether it be round or rectangular.  This bread is best eaten immediately while warm.  It doesn't taste as good when it's left at room temperature for awhile in my opinion.  Make sure you keep it covered in foil while baking.  It does burn on top easily if you don't."

luquita User ID: 3358463 209075
Reviewed Jan. 16, 2012

"I have not tried this yet. Would a sour dough bread and sharp cheddar work? I just do not like the Hawaiian bread."

auntb950 User ID: 3743918 152970
Reviewed Jan. 12, 2012

"I take this bread to church for our Wed. night Bible study and I get many raves over it. I add small diced ham to the ingredients. I also cut back on the garlic a little as we don't like a lot of garlic. It's an easy and wonderful recipe to make.  I also make another version with a round rye bread and use chopped deli roast beef with swiss cheese.  Some people liked that version better."

kathymcgill User ID: 1327937 171444
Reviewed Dec. 30, 2011

"I thought I lost this recipe...whew, then I remembered I could look it up. It is a winner. It is easy and is simply an amazing appetizer! Try it!"

howeavenue User ID: 6211932 166471
Reviewed Sep. 19, 2011

"I make this every time I have company and always get rave reviews. Mine does not look as pretty as the bread in the picture, but it tastes fabulous. I lift the foil toward the end of baking to make sure it crisps up. This is a go-to recipe to impress company, family and friends."

jaxwilso8 User ID: 5411330 167048
Reviewed May. 16, 2011

"This was delicious!"

jaxwilso8 User ID: 5411330 152964
Reviewed May. 16, 2011

"This was delicious!"

Margielou_wa User ID: 56764 96632
Reviewed Apr. 24, 2011

"This bread was a big hit with my bunco group. I served it with a variety of salads for a "salad supper"."

mreilly615 User ID: 2340136 130279
Reviewed Apr. 23, 2011

"This was delicious. I will make this again!"

lesa1224 User ID: 2973471 167046
Reviewed Apr. 2, 2011

"I love this bread! I've made it several times."

MPerfection User ID: 4367514 166470
Reviewed Sep. 28, 2010

"It's all-riiiiight. Not too impressed though. Too many onions."

Katrina53MI User ID: 135694 166468
Reviewed May. 23, 2010

"I made this for my Brother's birthday meal..everybody ooh'd & aaah'd over it. It is wonderful!"

Nick's Mom User ID: 4282809 209074
Reviewed May. 16, 2010

"I just made and it turned out incredibly. I used a sweet onion instead of the red. We have a new family favorite. I served it with BBQ chicken, corn on the cob, cole slaw, and peach cobbler."

t-macka User ID: 1174815 167797
Reviewed Jan. 22, 2010

"I don't know what Hawaiian Sweet bread is either. We don't have it here in Australia. Is there something else we could use?"

msnider User ID: 1335753 171443
Reviewed Jul. 20, 2009

"What is Hawaiian Sweet bread? I have never heard of this.

M Snider

foodygirl1979 User ID: 3126489 209073
Reviewed Feb. 20, 2009

"This bread is awesome. Sometimes I use green onions ao vidalia onions instead of the red onions for a milder onion flavor."

alwaysdreamin User ID: 344765 96627
Reviewed Feb. 8, 2009

"I'm making this again. It's delicious!!


teri ochoa User ID: 3591121 209072
Reviewed Nov. 18, 2008

"hawaiian sweet breed is found in the bread section of most supermarkets "KING'S hawaiian or get online"

Aleida User ID: 1080334 167793
Reviewed Jul. 12, 2008

"I saw that recipe in the S/D magazine and was thinking of trying it.  What is Hawaiian sweet bread?"

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