I found this recipe and brought it to a Super Bowl® party to complement the variety of foods there. It is very versatile and goes with many meals.

Recipe Summary

prep:
10 mins
cook:
30 mins
total:
40 mins
Servings:
12
Yield:
1 loaf
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Ingredients

12
Original recipe yields 12 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

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  • Place bacon in a large skillet and cook over medium heat, turning occasionally, until halfway cooked, about 5 minutes. Drain the bacon slices on paper towels; cut crosswise into 1/2-inch wide strips.

  • Cut slits halfway through bread in two directions creating a checkerboard pattern. Slip Cheddar cheese slices and bacon pieces into the slits.

  • Mix butter and ranch dressing mix together in a small bowl; pour over bread, allowing to drip into the slits. Wrap entire loaf in a sheet of aluminum foil and place on a baking sheet.

  • Bake in the preheated oven for 15 minutes. Unwrap bread and return to baking sheet; bake until cheese is melted and bacon is crisp, about 10 more minutes.

Cook's Note:

May put broiler on when done if you like well-browned to further cook bacon and cheese. Keep in broiler for 1 to 2 minutes. Keep over door open as to not forget. It will be done fast!

Nutrition Facts

266 calories; protein 10g 20% DV; carbohydrates 21.6g 7% DV; fat 15.6g 24% DV; cholesterol 42.7mg 14% DV; sodium 507.5mg 20% DV. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
02/16/2013
This was very good and easier to make than the instructions made it sound. I made it as written. However I think I cut the bread too deep. I think it would have looked nicer and been easier to pull apart had I kept made the slices a little more shallow. Nevertheless it smelled great while cooking and tasted great. I will make this again. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 1 stars
12/09/2015
My family literally did not eat this it was just a big greasy mess. Cutting the bread halfway down is not sufficient to be able to tear this apart. Read More
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62 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 49
  • 4 star values: 10
  • 3 star values: 2
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 5 stars
02/16/2013
This was very good and easier to make than the instructions made it sound. I made it as written. However I think I cut the bread too deep. I think it would have looked nicer and been easier to pull apart had I kept made the slices a little more shallow. Nevertheless it smelled great while cooking and tasted great. I will make this again. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/18/2014
I made this for two functions during Christmas last year one was for family and friends; the other was at work for clients and co-workers IT WAS A RAVER at both! I am a health nut but use the best yummy stuff for Christmas I am just careful for myself! My oldest son came over for supper he dug in and he LOVED it and he says very little about anything I make. I searched for it for this year as well. I am making it for my works Christmas parties pot luck supper. NO WORRIES IT WAS/IS PERFECT FOR GROUPS! I am making this as one of a few of our favorite snacky hors d' oeuvre for family on Christmas Eve too. It is PERFECT and WONDERFUL and for all the raves it is very EASY! Yes I made it as is with butter ranch and all I used aged shredded cheddar cheese and packed it into all the fingers with yummy cooked bacon. I followed all the ingredients and cooking instructions perfectly it turned out fabulously! MY BACON TIP I cut the bacon into small peices while raw (I have dedicated kitchen scissors) then cook the 1 to 2 inch squares. I don't have to handle hot bacon or deal with cutting it after my time saver! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/18/2013
The results have an impressive amount of flavor. I don't know about the setting for a party where multiple people are going to be grabbing at it but it worked great for just my wife and I. The store was all out of Sourdough rounds so the next best thing was a rye round. Preparing it with this recipe gave it a huge amazing flavor. I look forward to trying it again with sourdough bread. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/06/2014
I added bacon to my recipe - Take an unsliced loaf of Italian bread and slice like you would slices but don;t go all the way but about 3/4 down. Spread softend butter mixed with garlic on both sides of the slices. Then put in between each slice a 1/2 slice of munster cheese. Add the cooked bacon and sprinkle with parmesan. Then bake until cheese is melted Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/16/2013
sound great but would like a picture to see how it is suppose to look. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/01/2013
Recipe Group Selection: 20 July 2013 I am a week late in making this bread but so glad I got around to it. My family loved this bread! I did not have a loaf of sourdough bread but did have a loaf of sweet Italian bread so I used it. For the dressing I had Dry Buttermilk Ranch Mix by SD from AR on hand so I used that and the flavor was wonderful. Three slices of bacon was the perfect amount and I just eye-balled the cheese. This bread will be a hit during football season. The ranch dressing was delicious with this and I might try it with Italian seasoning. Good choice last week for Recipe Group. Thanks Angela for sharing your recipe. It s a keeper! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/15/2016
I have been a professional chef for the past 51 yrs and found this recipe amazing. It took me little time to prep it and the cooking was easy and without any problems. I cut the bread a bit deeper than it called for, as I am well-aware of the toughness of the crust on any artisan bread. I also let the bacon drain until it was completely dry of any visible fat. Made a huge difference when I assembled the loaves. I made enough for my whole family (9 siblings, their spouses and kids and grandkids; my 9 kids, their spouses, 36 grandkids and 12 great-grandkids). That's about 90 of us for Thanksgiving brunch - a total of 15 loaves, and they all came out great. I also had the help of two 12-yr-olds (a grandson and a great-granddaughter). Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/01/2013
This bread is addicting! I hardly ate dinner with it as a side dish. I used grated cheddar and a loaf of homemade Sriracha bread (this site) homemade Ranch dry mix (this site) and it was delicious with the background "heat" of the bread. I will make this often and try with other breads too. Thanks for posting! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/21/2015
Great flavor we'll definitely be making this again! At first the instructions seemed awkward because we didn't know how it was supposed to turn out or if we were doing it right. We followed the recipe exactly and it turned out perfectly! We couldn't find any sourdough bread so we used Italian bread instead - just a great recipe...it was the star of the show. Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
12/09/2015
My family literally did not eat this it was just a big greasy mess. Cutting the bread halfway down is not sufficient to be able to tear this apart. Read More
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