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Hot Bacon Cheese Spread

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
  • Total Time
    Prep: 10 min. Bake: 1 hour
  • Makes
    2 cups


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


  • 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.
  • Bake at 350° for 1 hour or until heated through. Serve with reserved bread cubes.
Nutrition Facts
2 tablespoons: 263 calories, 19g fat (6g saturated fat), 23mg cholesterol, 433mg sodium, 15g carbohydrate (1g sugars, 1g fiber), 8g protein.
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  • Cari
    Dec 10, 2020

    I first made this about 8 years ago, and it is INCREDIBLE!! It was such a hit with the whole family that I made it part of our regular Christmas day banquet ever since! ??

  • debrac
    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
    Jan 22, 2014

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

  • randcbruns
    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
    Aug 26, 2013

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

  • mkaskela
    Apr 29, 2013

    No comment left

  • DN27
    Apr 18, 2013

    This is a treat!

  • katcountry
    Feb 4, 2013

    No comment left

  • barbschoen
    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
    Dec 9, 2012

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