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Warm Savory Cheese Spread

Served in a bread bowl, this colorful cheese dip gets added flavor from bacon and veggies. “It’s perfect for parties anytime of the year,” notes field editor Marilu Hynes of McLeod Hill, New Brunswick.
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. Bake: 1 hour
  • Makes
    4 cups


  • 2 cups mayonnaise
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 large onion, finely chopped
  • 8 bacon strips, cooked and crumbled
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped sweet red pepper
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped green pepper
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 round loaf (1 pound) sourdough bread
  • Assorted crackers


  • In a large bowl, combine the first eight ingredients. Cut the top fourth off the loaf of bread; carefully hollow out bottom, leaving a 1-in. shell (save removed bread for another use).
  • Spoon cheese mixture into bread shell. Wrap in a piece of heavy-duty foil (about 24x18 in.). Bake at 350° for 1 hour or until heated through. Serve with crackers.
Nutrition Facts
2 tablespoons: 119 calories, 10g fat (2g saturated fat), 10mg cholesterol, 155mg sodium, 6g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 0 fiber), 2g protein.

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  • Tammys Kountry
    Oct 17, 2017

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  • s_pants
    Mar 5, 2017

    This was very tasty. I did alter the recipe by adding 3/4 block of cream cheese as another reviewer suggested and left out the peppers because I did not have them on hand. I baked it in the oven in a pie plate.

  • parksville
    Oct 11, 2014

    Very tasty recipe. Had a problem w/ the dip not being quite hot enough in the bread after 1 hour in the oven, so to save time I poured it into a 9" glass pie plate and microwaved it until it was okay to eat. Next time I would not bother w/ the bread, just bake it in a pie plate. Served four people w/ Ritz and Breton crackers. Easy to make, our guests loved it.

  • katlaydee3
    Jan 2, 2014

    Excellent ! I served several different appetizers on Christmas Eve while wrapping gifts.

  • wintermom9597
    Oct 20, 2013

    Very tasty! I used an oval shaped loaf of bread for our Wisconsin Badger football party. Everyone enjoyed the dip.

  • BBartlett87
    Sep 6, 2013

    Every chance I get...

  • tjager
    Dec 12, 2012

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  • minnie
    Dec 12, 2012

    My family loves this recipe, its so yummy, don't try using lite mayo, it doesn't turn out.

  • glendaruth
    Dec 1, 2011

    I now know this recipe by heart! I add extra bacon and adapt to 3/4 cup red pepper with 1/4 cup green. I also use a red onion to zip it up. Definitely a crowd pleaser!

  • engramish
    Jun 29, 2011

    This bread bowl is excellent! I modify it slightly. I use 1/4 cup of onion, and omit the green pepper. I also like to crumble extra bacon on the top. It has become a favorite family treat! If I take it to a friends house or a party, I always take extra copies of the recipe. Without a doubt I am always asked for one!