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Savory Party Bread Recipe

Savory Party Bread Recipe

It's impossible to stop nibbling on warm pieces of this cheesy, oniony bread. The sliced loaf fans out for a fun presentation. —Kay Daly, Raleigh, North Carolina
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Bake: 25 min. YIELD: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


  • 1. 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.
  • 2. 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 10 minutes longer or until cheese is melted. Yield: 8 servings.

Recipe Note

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.
  • 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.
  • Nutritional 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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    ransonjay User ID: 6631369 264939
    Reviewed Apr. 20, 2017

    "This snack is as amazing!"

    Jellybug User ID: 53068 260618
    Reviewed Feb. 1, 2017

    "I added crispy bacon and the bread disappeared in 3 minutes. I am making this bread again, but this time I will prepare two of them..We love the flavor."

    gina.kapfhamer User ID: 8717427 256041
    Reviewed Oct. 28, 2016

    "This is so easy, that I've started just using this for every event. Office potluck? Hit! Christmas party with friends? Everyone loved it! Even if it's not an event and you just want something special with dinner - this recipe is just the ticket. (And it's so easy!)

    Plenty of opportunity to mix it up, too - adding bacon, using a different kind of bread or cheese, adding an extra garlic dipping sauce on the side, they're all winners!"

    dilbert098 User ID: 3743376 255478
    Reviewed Oct. 16, 2016

    "Very good! Added some fresh garlic, bacon bits and parsley flakes. Served with dip bc it needed a little something extra"

    Joaniern User ID: 8325910 252683
    Reviewed Aug. 14, 2016

    "I added crumbed and chopped spinach to the butter and green onions and cooked crumbled bacon really good!!"

    annlynnsue User ID: 3081388 246360
    Reviewed Mar. 31, 2016

    "Awesome appetizer!"

    mvp0512 User ID: 8296412 241192
    Reviewed Jan. 6, 2016

    "Sooo good"

    michael61 User ID: 2626962 241057
    Reviewed Jan. 4, 2016

    "I found this recipe in an old Taste of Home at my mother in law's house a long time ago. It was raining, I was bored, and found this while picking through old Taste of Home magazines along with about 6 other recipes (through at least 30 mags.) I made this when I got home and have been making it ever since; never did try any of the others. We are a pretty health-conscious family but everyone makes an exception for the cheesy bread! My son was out of town at a party this weekend and called me for the recipe so he could make it as his contribution to a New Year's Eve party. Everyone who has ever tasted it just raves over it. One of the best recipe shares ever!"

    Mattiep. User ID: 3595893 241024
    Reviewed Jan. 4, 2016

    "I made two of these breads for different parties I attended over this past Christmas. Everyone raved about them and needless to say, they were gone in no time. The first one I shredded Ex-sharp chedder cheese, mozzarella cheese and swiss cheese along with the onions etc. Everyone basically forgot about their diets. The second one I made with sunflower seed bread and did the same but also added fresh cooked garlic. Once again, it was eaten up very quickly. Everyone loved them both. Great for parties."

    tsuop User ID: 6274346 240089
    Reviewed Dec. 23, 2015 Edited Dec. 26, 2015

    "I can't wait to make this for New Years Eve!! I will eliminate the onion & add garlic YUM!! Thank you for a terrific idea. Me Thinks..... it calls for lots of napkins : ))"

    choward70 User ID: 8029890 240088
    Reviewed Dec. 23, 2015

    "easy and delicious"

    jacquemom User ID: 1673496 240084
    Reviewed Dec. 23, 2015

    "For picky kiddos, eliminate the poppy seeds and green onion. Instead add crushed garlic to the butter, outstanding!"

    pawuser User ID: 2613559 231442
    Reviewed Aug. 19, 2015

    "I made it and it was very good. But my question is the same as another one--how do you eat it. I used sourdough bread and the crust is very thick on the bottom and was very difficult to pull apart. Maybe I will try an Italian bread next . Any other suggestions??"

    krtoo User ID: 3768207 230161
    Reviewed Jul. 25, 2015

    "Wonderful flavors. Will make again for company."

    onebzemom User ID: 705045 226496
    Reviewed May. 18, 2015

    "Have to admit that I haven't made this yet, although it looks and sounds question is, how do you serve it? Do people grab hunks off? Does it take two hands to hold-pull off a chunk? Do you slice it? Just looks messy BUT good..."

    LYSSMYSTIC User ID: 7318071 225990
    Reviewed May. 7, 2015

    "I have used this recipe many times. It's easy, quick & there are few ingredients. It is alway difficult not to keep the whole thing to yourself after you hear that timer beep and smell the oniony goodness...yum!

    My personal touch: add a tsp. of garlic salt or powder!"

    bobbek User ID: 5019773 225817
    Reviewed May. 3, 2015

    "Surprised my family. It not only tasted great but made me look very clever. Loved by all."

    Aquarelle User ID: 985301 218743
    Reviewed Jan. 24, 2015

    "I've seen quite a few variations on this recipe over the years. The version I made tonight was basically this one, except I couldn't find any sourdough bread and had to use Italian bread, and I forgot to buy Monterey Jack so instead used a mixture of grated provolone, grated mozzarella and grated Parmesan. I also added a minced clove of garlic to the melted butter. Really delicious!"

    pamdevone User ID: 3875916 217652
    Reviewed Jan. 12, 2015

    "I like this idea, it was very creative. I just tried this bread with the butter and cheese and it was good."

    Sue Zappa User ID: 1094741 215947
    Reviewed Dec. 26, 2014

    "I'd forgotten about this recipe until I saw it today while searching for appetizer recipes for our family's New Year's Eve celebration! I used to make this for a meatless Friday meal for our family of 8, & everyone loved it! Didn't change a thing! Some of our kids would dip it in barbeque sauce of Ranch dressing."

    kbnp User ID: 8183352 215944
    Reviewed Dec. 26, 2014

    "Served this for Christmas Eve party. It was a HUGE hit. People raved about how good it was. So easy. Did add 1 tsp of Jarred minced was fantastic. You won't believe that you can get all the cheese in the bread ..... but you can. I used 1 lb. of 3 cheese Mexican mix. There were only 6 adults and several other appetizers. Still over half the loaf was devoured. Hubby and I heated up (uncovered in the oven at 400 for 15 min) leftovers and it was still incredibly wonderful.

    Thank you for this excellent recipe. It is very versatile also. You can use different breads and/or different cheeses at your whim. Enjoy!!"

    cyounce User ID: 2118537 80121
    Reviewed Nov. 24, 2014

    "Made this for a football party & it was a big hit. So good!! My store didn't have sourdough bread so I used an Italian loaf & it worked fine. I also added a clove of minced garlic. Give this recipe a won't be disappointed!"

    dros User ID: 3867552 22070
    Reviewed Sep. 30, 2014

    "Made this for a party. I changed the cheeses but what a hit this was would definitely make it again."

    rainyranae User ID: 1033541 50026
    Reviewed Sep. 1, 2014

    "awesome. everyone devoured it"

    KristineChayes User ID: 1441542 26430
    Reviewed May. 9, 2014

    "Excellent, excellent, excellent! I used shredded Italian 5-cheese blend, along with shredded swiss cheese, then sprinkled grated Parmesan over the top (I omitted the poppy seeds). Everyone loved it! I will definitely be adding this recipe to my "Keepers" list!"

    CiciG User ID: 7657418 54647
    Reviewed Mar. 3, 2014

    "This recipe was soo enjoyed that my husband has banned it! He can't cut back and eat just a little... it's too addictive. I only used 1/2 # of cheese and it was perfectly cheesy and delicious."

    delowenstein User ID: 3766053 51338
    Reviewed Feb. 25, 2014

    "This recipe is a keeper! I made 2 of these loaves tonight! I scaled back on the amount, though & I used 2 12-oz. sour dough loaves total! Then I used 1-3/4 cups reduced-fat Cheddar cheese, shredded, 1/4 cup each melted butter, one small onion, finely diced/cut and 1 Tbsp. poppy seeds EACH for the 2 loaves! I placed the cheese more on TOP of the bread and still made those cuts in the loaf as recipe directed! I'd divided the cheese up to use on the 2 loaves, and used the butter mixture individually on each loaf! It worked well for me to scale down on the amount of cheese and butter! I used 2 small YELLOW ONIONS, FINELY DICED/SLICED-one onion for each butter-onion-poppy seed spread! The trick for me is NOT cutting the loaf too deep so that the bread doesn't break! The bread did fan out, BUT NOT TOO MUCH! I have to admit I ate one! I gave the other loaf to my Mom and she said that it was a successful recipe! She really liked it! Kay Daly, THANK YOU for sharing this scrumptious loaf! I used this recipe for this week's recipe challenge: Appetizers for "Cook's Corner"! This bread could even be a meal in itself! The idea of adding garlic is also a great idea, ebramkamp! delowenstein"

    ebramkamp User ID: 702841 50025
    Reviewed Jan. 27, 2014

    "This is yummy and then some. I changed it up and used the cheese I had on hand. Which meant I used muenster on the horizontal cuts and mozzarella on the vertical cuts. I also added a bit of freshly minced garlic to the butter and poppy seeds. I will definitely be making this again, and again, and again......."

    robbiejackson User ID: 4907377 21815
    Reviewed Jan. 4, 2014 Edited May. 22, 2014

    "OMG, this is SO good! I cut it in half for just hubby and me, but I could've eaten the entire half loaf by myself! Yum, yum, yum! I omitted the poppy seeds just because I don't really care for them and added some minced garlic instead. I also used Colby Jack cheese because I really like its flavor, but any cheese would be good. Yummy with soup or anything else for that matter! Thanks for sharing!"

    ajacat66 User ID: 7348698 202580
    Reviewed Jan. 1, 2014

    "I am sad to say this was awful. All I could taste was onion ."

    gina_h User ID: 1051353 26086
    Reviewed Jan. 1, 2014

    "We didn't really like it. It was very bland."

    Lawler67 User ID: 7440221 22052
    Reviewed Nov. 6, 2013

    "quick, easy and absolutely delicious."

    rustedgold1 User ID: 3141438 23375
    Reviewed Oct. 25, 2013


    skg55 User ID: 2887326 46492
    Reviewed Oct. 17, 2013

    "Excellent... family loved this bread"

    Nanette W. User ID: 1390366 21814
    Reviewed Oct. 6, 2013

    "One would think more work should be required to be this delicious. It is so much better than I expected it would be!"

    cast_iron_king User ID: 1236761 51506
    Reviewed Jul. 15, 2013

    "I had my doubts when I first saw this, but I decided to give it a go anyway. I used a marbled colby-jack cheese and omitted the poppy seeds, substituting minced garlic and rosemary instead. Turns out there is only one problem with this recipe--it's not enough! You have to make two, because this disappears in no time! Definitely a hit and definitely a keeper!"

    DixieJan User ID: 6973328 45123
    Reviewed Jun. 29, 2013

    "Just simply delicious! Perfect with a simple salad also."

    kerrizims User ID: 2706618 51501
    Reviewed Jun. 18, 2013

    "I made this recently and it was gone in no time! I think I may omit the poppy seeds next time and use a blend of finely minced onion and garlic with Parmesan cheese and then serve with marinara sauce as a dip. It might be a good alternative option."

    ccolor1 User ID: 3534054 51337
    Reviewed Jun. 15, 2013

    "I didn't think this would work at all, but it was the hit of the cook-out. Even with substituting multi-grain bread and a Monterey Jack/cheddar cheese blend, it was gone immediately. I can't thank you enough for this recipe!"

    pottaway User ID: 3077832 16738
    Reviewed Apr. 6, 2013

    "I have been making this recipe for years. It's always fun to eat and my guests always say they can't stop nibblng on it!"

    mohnster User ID: 3407815 51500
    Reviewed Mar. 15, 2013

    "I made this a number of times years ago to rave reviews and then misplaced the recipe :-( So glad to find it again! It is Wonderful!!"

    josdee User ID: 5907895 54482
    Reviewed Dec. 14, 2012

    "easy, easy, easy--and DELICIOUS! I made this for a party and all my friends raved about it. Made 2 loaves and they were gone before I knew it! Everyone wanted the recipe.

    This one's a keeper!"

    jacobsh User ID: 4646653 50024
    Reviewed Dec. 14, 2012

    "This bread is always a big hit with my family who insists that cheese should be its own food group! It's great paired with soups or anything with a sauce that can be used for dipping."

    Sager User ID: 2995972 51336
    Reviewed Apr. 20, 2012

    "My son's best friend would frequently drop by after his football practices and stay for dinner. I often served this bread with

    soup. Tom made sure IF there was any bread leftover that it went home with him for a study snack."

    momtomatt User ID: 1197551 50023
    Reviewed Feb. 28, 2012

    "This is one of my favorite appetizer recipes! It is so good! I use whatever cheese I have on hand--cheddar, Colby/Jack, Mozzarella. If I don't have a chunk to slice, I just use shredded and it works well, too."

    Kathie1026 User ID: 5631509 51494
    Reviewed Feb. 5, 2012

    "Simply Awesome! This bread was so addictive. I added a little more butter, another cup of cheese (stuffing it both inside the slits and over the top), and left off the poppy seeds, and yet, it was still totally awesome. It was a great Super Bowl snack to say the least."

    hlrogers072 User ID: 6267811 80119
    Reviewed Nov. 9, 2011

    "When you read the recipe it's hard to envision just how good this bread is. It's so simple- but it is wonderfully delicious and guests LOVE it. I made mine with a mix of Colby-jack and sharp white cheddar cheese and I substituted sesame seeds, as I had them on hand. People were requesting the recipe as they were leaving- this bread is that good!"

    babobabs User ID: 1309685 50018
    Reviewed Sep. 18, 2011

    "Always get compliments on this dish! People beg me to bring it to parties! So easy and so good! easy to change up ingredients for a different twist! I highly recommend it!!"

    WJSymons User ID: 2585705 80117
    Reviewed Aug. 18, 2011

    "One of the best appies is not enough."

    10sChick User ID: 4943196 23372
    Reviewed Jun. 8, 2011

    "This is a very tasty twist on just serving up bread. I found however, that it's rather messy to eat. The ladies lunch that I used it for was a little too tidy of an affair for people to dig into the loaf with their fingers and tear off pieces. When the teenagers arrived, however, they polished it off in no time. So, I would make it again for a more casual setting. I didn't have an electric bread knife, but I found freezing the loaf ahead and then cutting into in when it's not completely thawed out makes nice clean cuts as well."

    Potroast911 User ID: 3101033 23364
    Reviewed Apr. 20, 2011

    "I love making this bread for dinner parties. It's so light and yummy, a fun stand in for traditional garlic bread."

    kpascoe User ID: 1602327 46489
    Reviewed Apr. 10, 2011

    "I have served this appetizer many times. Each time it gets rave reviews! Wonderful recipe that I have shared over and over."

    lafleur User ID: 2115534 54480
    Reviewed Mar. 7, 2011

    "Fantastic! Will be trying some variations as others have mentioned."

    joy521joy User ID: 2155355 51311
    Reviewed Feb. 2, 2011

    "Always a big hit at my house!"

    gmarose User ID: 5617664 46488
    Reviewed Feb. 2, 2011

    "Forgot to rate it 5 plus"

    gmarose User ID: 5617664 26427
    Reviewed Feb. 2, 2011

    "This is so simple and so good. Problem once you make or eat this you will want it again soon. I have made a half loaf for my husband and me. I have also made it with pepperjack cheese. Delicious"

    jennifergooden83 User ID: 5316775 51172
    Reviewed Dec. 18, 2010

    "I usually have to make two loaves for a party because the first one is gone so quickly! A great twist is using just garlic butter and mozzarella cheese. YUM!"

    lschom User ID: 4478418 202579
    Reviewed Dec. 8, 2010

    "Making it for the first time, I bought a half lb loaf of tuscan bread and followed directions exactly (cutting amounts in half, of course)exc for omitting poppy seeds - rave reviews! Used less cheese, but put it in every cut section. Excellent and SO easy!"

    oreotaco User ID: 1980245 23361
    Reviewed Oct. 29, 2010

    "This is a great appetizer for teenagers and adults. I had to ask the baker at our local grocery store for an uncut round loaf. Great mix of flavors and colorful too! A must try!"

    freel User ID: 5465342 21378
    Reviewed Sep. 27, 2010

    "One of the BEST appetizers EVER. You will not regret making this and it's so so easy."

    Smrtiipanntz User ID: 4503790 202578
    Reviewed Feb. 4, 2010

    "Oh my goodness! I have made this recipe 3 times now and the last time I made it for our family Christmas appetizer dinner. I had to literally keep hands out of it before it was time to serve! I eliminate the poppy seeds and add minced garlic to the butter mixture and use pepper jack cheese. AWESOME! I would highly reccommend using an electric knife as that is MUCH easier. Thanks so much for the great recipe!"

    jasavage17 User ID: 2816108 54345
    Reviewed Jan. 7, 2010

    "This bread was awesome and there is endless possiblitties on what to add. Thanks TOH!"

    lucy1111 User ID: 2941351 51472
    Reviewed Dec. 27, 2009

    "This bread is so good! One year I made them for neighbor gifts, all wrapped in foil and ready for the oven."

    AmandaMD User ID: 4449443 21813
    Reviewed Oct. 18, 2009

    "We love this bread! I usually add fresh minced garlic into the butter for extra flavor. Always a hit!"

    buffetfan User ID: 4035139 23360
    Reviewed Oct. 18, 2009

    "I have made this many times and it's delicious. There is never any left!"

    carinjohn User ID: 2383253 21377
    Reviewed Apr. 18, 2009

    "UMMMM This is delicious but to cut back on caloriesjust use 1/2 of the cheese! It is still yummy!"

    Flaherl User ID: 302688 51471
    Reviewed Feb. 10, 2009

    "This is addictive. For Sunday supper, I make a pot of soup and serve this bread with it - pure comfort food and so satisfying on a cold night. I can't wait to try it with bacon or pepper jack. What a great idea!


    snmckey User ID: 1512292 21812
    Reviewed Oct. 14, 2008

    "Try using pepper jack cheese and/or diced green chilies - really good! This is always a big hit at gatherings."

    mommo67 User ID: 2712863 47724
    Reviewed Dec. 25, 2007

    "I added Real Bacon Bits to this recipe and people went crazy for it. I suggest using an electric knife to make the cuts. 10 times easier and looks great!!!!!"

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