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Savory Party Bread

It's impossible to stop nibbling on warm pieces of this cheesy, oniony bread. The sliced loaf fans out for a fun presentation. It's one of the best savory appetizers I've found. —Kay Daly, Raleigh, North Carolina
  • Total Time
    Prep: 10 min. Bake: 25 min.
  • Makes
    8 servings


  • 1 unsliced round loaf sourdough bread (1 pound)
  • 1 pound Monterey Jack cheese
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup chopped green onions
  • 2 to 3 teaspoons poppy seeds


  • Preheat oven to 350°. Cut bread widthwise into 1-in. slices to within 1/2 in. of bottom of loaf. Repeat cuts in opposite direction. Cut cheese into 1/4-in. slices; cut slices into small pieces. Place cheese in cuts in bread.
  • In a small bowl, mix butter, green onions and poppy seeds; drizzle over bread. Wrap in foil; place on a baking sheet. Bake 15 minutes. Unwrap; bake until cheese is melted, about 10 minutes longer.

Test Kitchen Tips
  • Take a page from the "magnificent everything bagel" by adding 1 teaspoon each of dried garlic, onion and sesame seeds to the butter mixture.
  • Get little hands involved by having them place cheese in the bread. Here are more kitchen tasks for kids of any age.
  • Make it your own by switching up the cheese (we love smoked Gouda and gooey Brie), customizing seasonings, and adding meaty mix-ins. Bacon, diced salami or ham with sliced olives are all great choices.
  • Keep these essential bread baking supplies handy for this recipe.
  • Nutrition Facts
    1 serving: 481 calories, 31g fat (17g saturated fat), 91mg cholesterol, 782mg sodium, 32g carbohydrate (1g sugars, 2g fiber), 17g protein.
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    • Dr_Buster_King
      Oct 29, 2020

      Made it as written the first time, and it disappeared beforei could get back with napkins. The second time, I added dry ranch mix and garlic powder to the butter, and used a combination of Mexican blend and extra sharp cheddar (I was out of cheeses), topping it with green onions and bacon before serving it with a side of sour cream based ranch. Think cheese fries. Once it was gone, I had guests running to the store for more ingredients to make two more that night! They went just as fast. *This summer, rather than heating up the kitchen, we kept it wrapped in foil, and put it on our gas grill. Another reviewer is right: an electric knife does make the cutting go much easier!

    • KarenKeefe
      Jul 10, 2020

      Don’t expect any leftovers! This bread appetizer went as quickly as I set it out! I used some garlic powder, also.

    • Lawler67
      Sep 23, 2019

      One of my most requested appetizers.

    • snmckey
      Jun 2, 2019

      I have made this many times, using different cheeses. Our favorite is pepper-jack with green chilies for extra kick.

    • cynandtom
      Feb 27, 2019

      This bread is phenomenal!! I made it as a side with pasta, so I added some garlic and used mozzarella rather than Monterey jack, but I am sure that would be delicious as well.

    • 7833louis
      Feb 5, 2019

      Excellent! I made for Christmas Eve and it was the first thing from the table gone. Thanks for sharing!

    • iv712ln
      Feb 6, 2018

      Delicious! Great aroma and presentation. I used white cheddar, Colby jack, 1 clove of garlic crushed into the butter, and omitted the onions.

    • Jothebaker
      Jan 31, 2018

      I made this for a starter on Christmas, it disappeared in a flash!

    • mumsay
      Jan 11, 2018

      Yummy! I made 1 with Mexican cheese blend and 1 with vegan cheese. Both tasted great and I will definitely make it again.

    • Craig
      Dec 25, 2017

      Big hit, can’t go wrong with this, I might use a bit more butter and poppy seeds next time.