Best Thing at the Party

Earlier this year we were invited to a party and when we asked what we could bring, we were told an appetizer. There are really so many options. Do I go savory? Hot or cold? Simple like veggies and dip?

I reached wayyyy back into our recipe list and pulled out a great recipe that my wife first made years ago: Bacon Cheese Spread. It is so simple, yet always the hit at the party. In fact, my college-aged nephew told me it was the best thing at the party!

Bacon Cheese Spread

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This pics for this post aren’t the best but don’t let that color what you think of this. If you like bacon and cheese (and really, anyone who eats the combination loves it), then you have to make this.

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Get a nice big fat loaf of Italian bread.

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Mix the filling.

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Cut into the loaf around the top edge. Remove the top and pull out the inside of the loaf. You will be using the shell of the loaf as your baking dish and the removed bread become utensils to scoop out the spread.

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No doubt! The best thing at any party.

Bacon Cheese Spread


  • 1 loaf unsliced Italian bread
  • 1 lb bacon, fried and crumbled
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 2 tsp minced garlic
  • 8 ounces shredded Colby jack cheese
  • 8 ounces shredded Parmesan cheese


Cut lid off of bread and hollow out center of loaf. Save torn out bread for dipping. Combine all above ingredients and place inside bread. Place lid back on bread and bake at 350° for 45 minutes. Serve hot.

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Categories: appetizer, Baking3, Cheese3, Pork2, Recipes

Author:The Ranting Chef

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6 Comments on “Best Thing at the Party”

  1. August 10, 2014 at 11:30 am #

    There’s one word for this terrific recipe – DAMN !!! You’ve got ‘all the good stuff’ melting away in its own crusty bread bowl – it doesn’t get much better than that Mr. Ranting. ; o )


  2. August 10, 2014 at 11:37 am #

    I thought you might get a kick out of how I posted your delicious recipe on Pinterest. “This looks sooo amazing! Crispy bacon, shredded Colby Jack cheese & shredded Parmesan cheese with a few other ingredients – – all baked in the oven in its own ‘bread bowl’. I AM MAKING THIS TODAY!! (The Ranting Chef)”
    ++ And I AM making this today to bring to a party – the hell with that salad I was gonna bring!! ; o)


  3. August 10, 2014 at 4:05 pm #

    I picked up a loaf of Italian bread yesterday for something else – I think it may be destined for this, instead! Oh my gosh. There goes to diet.


  4. August 10, 2014 at 4:06 pm #

    oops, meant to say there goes the diet…


  5. August 10, 2014 at 8:13 pm #

    Boy – was I ever right to have given this recipe Five Stars right off the bat. Everyone LOVED this – BIG TIME. Once again, it was The Best Thing at the Party”!! ; o )


    • August 11, 2014 at 7:42 am #

      I’m glad you liked it. We’ve had quite a bit of success with it over the years.


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