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Party Cheese Bread

You can't go wrong with this recipe. The cheesy, butter bread is so simple to make but the taste is sinful. Plus it looks fantastic, and people just flock to it! It's better than the usual garlic bread with pasta, too. —Karen Grant, Tulare, California
  • Total Time
    Prep: 25 min. Bake: 30 min.
  • Makes
    16 servings


  • 1 round loaf sourdough bread (1 pound)
  • 1 pound Monterey Jack cheese, sliced
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon celery salt
  • Minced fresh chives, optional


  • Preheat oven to 350°. Cut bread into 1-in. slices to within 1/2 in. of bottom of loaf. Repeat cuts in opposite direction. Insert cheese in cuts.
  • Mix all remaining ingredients except chives; drizzle over bread. Wrap in foil; place on a baking sheet.
  • Bake 20 minutes. Unwrap; bake until cheese is melted, about 10 minutes. If desired, sprinkle with chives.

Test Kitchen Tips
  • A sharp serrated knife works best here so you don't end up tearing the bread.
  • Turn this into a turtle or a hedgehog using additional small rolls, vegetables, pickles and olives. So cute!
  • Keep these essential bread baking supplies handy for this recipe.
  • Nutrition Facts
    1 serving: 237 calories, 15g fat (9g saturated fat), 41mg cholesterol, 468mg sodium, 15g carbohydrate (2g sugars, 1g fiber), 10g protein.
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    • Tega
      Dec 31, 2019

      No comment left

    • Heather
      Dec 30, 2019

      Impressed my dinner guests- many oohs and aaahs. I mixed cheeses- white cheddar and Monterey Jack. They couldn’t stay away from it.

    • Dawn
      Oct 1, 2019

      I made this recipe on 9/5/19. I did not have a sour dough round bread loaf, so I used a standard loaf of white bakery bread and 7.5-oz. sliced Monterey Pepper Jack cheese, cut and placed in the bread cuts. I used dried minced onion as I did not have onion powder. This bread was delicious! I must admit that I'd sampled quite a bit after it was baked!

    • bicktasw
      Apr 9, 2019

      I made this for dinner last night to go with some homemade vegetable soup. I must say, it is quite addicting! Instead of Monterey jack cheese, I used muenster (that's what I had on hand) and topped with bacon instead of chives. I also added a small amount of the bacon fat to the butter mixture that is poured on top of the loaf before baking. This is one delicious bread... perfect for a party, finger food, to serve as a "side" with soup ..... really, it's good at anytime as a "communal" toasted cheese sandwich with a mustard "kick"!

    • Shawn
      Dec 13, 2018

      This is delicious!! I make for almost every family get together. I like changing it up, using Brie with raspberry jam, and mozzarella and Parmesan with prepared pesto. So much fun to come up with new flavors!,

    • Kit
      Oct 31, 2018

      Looks tasty, but doesn’t service well. Once it it slightly cooled, it all is one big clump

    • bl6avb
      Feb 8, 2015

      My family loves this recipe. My only change - I use Dijonnaise instead of regular Dijon mustard. This maybe gives it a little milder mustard flavor. It's not low cal, but none of my recipes are!!

    • SuSey22
      Nov 2, 2014

      great, easy & very pretty appetizer..I too added bacon over the top..guys loved it ,while watching football.

    • lorstout
      Oct 5, 2014

      It also makes no sense to comment/complain about other ratings, give the recipe one star in order to do so, but give no actual feedback on the recipe. It takes away from the true rating for the recipe.I did make this bread and it was delicious! I added crumbled bacon to the top and served it at a brunch tailgate. I will probably shred the cheese next time to allow better, more even melting.

    • pesamed7
      Oct 2, 2014

      Amen Masterpiece. What good does it do to say they haven';t tired it, tasted it, or made it???? Hold REVIEW until AFTER you have actually attempted this or at least tasted it...