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Party Cheese Bread Recipe

Party Cheese Bread Recipe

You can't go wrong with this recipe. It looks fantastic and people just flock to it! It's great with pasta, too. Cheesy, buttery and finger-licking good, this bread is hard to beat. It's so simple and the taste is sinful! —Karen Grant, Tulare, California
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Bake: 30 min. YIELD:8 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


  • 1. 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.
  • 2. Mix all remaining ingredients except chives; drizzle over bread. Wrap in foil; place on a baking sheet.
  • 3. Bake 20 minutes. Unwrap; bake until cheese is melted, about 10 minutes. If desired, sprinkle with chives. Yield: 1 loaf (8 servings).

Recipe Note

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!
  • Nutritional Facts

    1 piece: 491 calories, 30g fat (19g saturated fat), 80mg cholesterol, 1012mg sodium, 34g carbohydrate (2g sugars, 1g fiber), 21g protein.

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    bl6avb User ID: 8251572 220070
    Reviewed 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 User ID: 1214956 165058
    Reviewed Nov. 2, 2014

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

    lorstout User ID: 2537668 178045
    Reviewed 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 User ID: 8019006 142672
    Reviewed 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..."

    masterpiece User ID: 4812913 165056
    Reviewed Sep. 27, 2014

    "I don't understand how anyone who hasn't made this as written, can rate it appropriately. I wanted to see reviews from people who actually made this."

    sks412 User ID: 3677962 210320
    Reviewed Sep. 27, 2014

    "I have not yet made this either, but I think it will be delish and also I just had to give praise to kschintone. THANK YOU! I want to copy your response and post it on all the other recipe sites I visit. I'll rate it 5 stars to offset your 3-star rating :-)"

    Anneokley User ID: 4245028 176209
    Reviewed Sep. 27, 2014

    "Thanksfor speaking up Fuschia2000. This bread is delicious."

    kschintone User ID: 6750045 162929
    Reviewed Sep. 26, 2014

    "Fuschia2000 you are 100% correct. We often sit around and laugh at the posts that change 80% of the ingredients and then say they didn't like the recipe. That and the folks who find it necessary to inform us that there is too much; fat, sugar, meat, dairy or whatever in the recipe they have not tried. If you have a problem with the not make the recipe. Oh and shut up! We can all read and we have all been cooking for a while. We understand ingredients, you are NOT the great shining light of culinary correctness. Rant over, thank you. I'm giving a 3 only because I am forced to rate and having not made the bread I want to be as neutral as possible."

    desmma15 User ID: 3711039 96594
    Reviewed Sep. 26, 2014

    "This sounds great--if you live in California! In Waterloo, IA, we unfortunately do not have access to REAL sourdough!"

    hlillis User ID: 1381495 142671
    Reviewed Nov. 18, 2012

    "Everyone at the party said it was yummy. Very filling."

    voodoowitch User ID: 635464 178042
    Reviewed Nov. 15, 2012

    "A group of 7 of us did not care for this at all. The lemon and mustard seemed out of place. I like the presentation and concept but I think next time I would just use the cheese and a garlic butter blend."

    tamarachronister User ID: 1908061 176207
    Reviewed Aug. 29, 2012

    "WAY too many calories and fat grams. It is so good, I want to eat it more often, SO I made it with fat free mayo rather than butter, and used half the cheese. Same excellent flavor as original recipe. I love adapting all these wonderful recipes to fit our needs, health-wise. I appreciate hearing how others adapt this and other recipes, and the end result. Being creative is what makes great cooks! This is definitely a keeper."

    MichMajor User ID: 6203085 176657
    Reviewed Oct. 30, 2011

    "Very very good!! I cannot believe my family ate an entire loaft of bread with dinner!!"

    kjnate User ID: 859431 108139
    Reviewed Jul. 6, 2011

    "I made this for a 4th of July part and everyone loved it! It got eaten up so quick I wish I had made two. I will probably make this ALOT during football season."

    pludlow User ID: 5785219 103570
    Reviewed Jul. 5, 2011

    "It was a hit! I also used less cheese than recommended."

    AdeleDegnan User ID: 4801874 93631
    Reviewed Apr. 25, 2011

    "Didn't receive the raves I expected. I halved the cheese and mustard as suggested and used a combination on pepper jack and marbled colby/jack blend. Probably won't make it again."

    darsbob User ID: 5617686 176656
    Reviewed Feb. 27, 2011

    "Made this for superbowl party and was a great hit but I agree that is too much cheese so will use less next time. I also sprinkled with garlic salt"

    Mayor's Personal Chef User ID: 5399254 109788
    Reviewed Feb. 22, 2011

    "I substituted pepper jack cheese for the plain jack cheese and made five loaves to serve to guests - it was a gigantic hit! I put it all together, wrapped in foil and refrigerated overnight, then baked it five minutes longer before opening the foil since it was cold, worked just great."

    lindadrozd User ID: 2632234 103565
    Reviewed Feb. 20, 2011

    "Made this for the first time yesterday. Made it again today. It was wonderful. The only thing I did different was not to use as much cheese as the recipe called for. I could not fit it all in the bread. It was wonderful."

    l.sowell User ID: 5142466 142669
    Reviewed Feb. 19, 2011

    "Big hit with both my family and co-workers!"

    joanvd User ID: 4340812 142654
    Reviewed Feb. 10, 2011

    "This is a recipe from long ago. Loved it then and still making it!

    I agree with Fuschia2000. Amen sister!!"

    fuschia2000 User ID: 5607603 181240
    Reviewed Feb. 9, 2011

    "I agree, all this substituting product from the original recipe is getting out of hand. Make the recipe as it stands and stop all this "I used this and I used that." Not everyone is interested in how you managed to totally change the entire recipe so that you can't even identify it with the original ingredients that were intended to be used.

    I don't disagree with First Lady Obama and what she is trying to do, but if a recipe has too many calories in it for you, don't make it for crying out loud!!"

    JRayFloridacook User ID: 1945431 176651
    Reviewed Feb. 9, 2011

    "Can't rate this yet. I will be making it for Daytona 500 Weekend. Sounds delious.

    On another note, I wish people on here would stop being a "Michelle Obama", and trying to tell us what to eat. If you don't like the nutritional facts, don't make it. And for the others that change almost every ingredient, its not the same."

    indyrider00 User ID: 1275366 117331
    Reviewed Feb. 7, 2011

    "I made this recipe yesterday and everybody loved it! I used everything exactly to the recipe except half the ammount of mustard. Next time I will make this on split Italian bread with spaghetti. Definately a keeper!"

    Cheryl A D User ID: 5496901 210319
    Reviewed Feb. 7, 2011

    "Made this for the Super Bowl party yesterday. YEAH PACKERS!!! Several people offered other flavor combinations because most did not like the mustard. A pound of cheese was too much. Flavor suggestions: Olive oil (or a combination of OO and unsalted butter) / fresh garlic / freshly grated black pepper / freshly shredded parmesan cheese or 4 cheese blend / fresh basil (or other fresh herbs)....forget the celery salt and onion powder too. If you want onions, lightly saute chopped onions in the oil. Be sure to use a loaf of firm bread. As the recipe stands, there is WAY too much salt, calories, fat and carbs."

    kimwade5157 User ID: 5777860 108134
    Reviewed Feb. 7, 2011

    "This recipe is a party pleaser....Could use a dip to compliment it!!! Any suggestions?"

    rkoneal1 User ID: 2968884 178040
    Reviewed Feb. 6, 2011

    "I simplified the first ingredients, used butter, garlic powder, onion powder, celery salt and a dash of cayenne pepper. (no lemon juice or mustard) I also used shredded easy and very delicious."

    kt144 User ID: 3217870 162901
    Reviewed Feb. 5, 2011

    "I used a combination of Swiss and Jack cheeses and added a tablespoon of Worchestershire sauce. I think these two changes added much more depth to the flavors."

    whitneyfam User ID: 4771018 176557
    Reviewed Feb. 2, 2011

    "Way too much mustard and cheese for this loaf of bread!

    Wasn't worth the calories it had!"

    cdehaven User ID: 5413544 93630
    Reviewed Feb. 2, 2011

    "We are snowed in today, saw this recipe and luckily had all ingredients on hand to try it...YUM! I had a partial bag of fried onions so I stuffed them in with the cheese too. It was wonderful!"

    RobertaR User ID: 2764083 210318
    Reviewed Feb. 2, 2011

    "I haven't made this yet but it sure looks yummy. Just wondering how it is served? Do you just crab a chunk and pull or cut up more when it is finished baking?"

    wookyjo User ID: 5323038 176646
    Reviewed Feb. 2, 2011

    "Have made this recipe several times and is always a big hit at any family gathering."

    Rockamama User ID: 1263362 109787
    Reviewed Feb. 2, 2011

    "Too salty for my taste."

    csarandos User ID: 5189968 210317
    Reviewed Aug. 15, 2010

    "Absolutely amazing!"

    moosefanlucas User ID: 4369177 142653
    Reviewed Mar. 19, 2010

    "Fantastic, I couldn't stop eating it!"

    psomleva User ID: 4947789 176595
    Reviewed Mar. 7, 2010

    "Turned out just like the photo! Good stuff!"

    mreilly615 User ID: 2340136 96593
    Reviewed Feb. 8, 2010

    "Made this for the Super Bowl and it was a hit. I used pepper jack chesse to give it a little more kick. Everyone loved it."

    Gotchu7 User ID: 3554267 142652
    Reviewed Jan. 5, 2010

    "This is a new family favorite for the holidays and gatherings! Everyone loved it and it's so easy to make!"

    bgruber User ID: 4747707 210316
    Reviewed Jan. 1, 2010

    "a little spicy with the dijon mustard"

    carrie carney User ID: 1551037 103563
    Reviewed Dec. 25, 2009

    "This is truly excellent. I made it to try a week before Christmas and my family devoured it- even my MIL liked it and she claims to not like cheese. This will be one of my party stand-bys for sure!"

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