When you need a quick snack that everyone will love and doesn’t involve tons of dirty dishes, this hot crusty Italian loaf with drippy, melty Jack cheese, bacon and green onions will drive your family wild! It’s deliciously simple, but definitely party-worthy. It will be the hit of any hor d’oeuvres table you contribute to. At any party where you arrive carrying it, you’ll be going home empty-handed and it will be the MOST requested recipe of the night. Some time ago, I pinned a recipe from keyingredient.com and when I recently had time to test it out, you know I had to put my own spin on it. The basic premise is ingenious and there are so many different ways you could take this by changing up the cheese, the toppings, etc. I’m envisioning a pizza pull apart or a nacho pull apart or maybe even a cinnamon roll pull apart that wouldn’t use cheese at all. Go crazy! This recipe will make you famous in your neighborhood! lol Yes, ma’am, it’s THAT good! You’re only five ingredients away from YUM! So here’s my twist on a great idea – Cheesy Bacon Onion Pull Apart Bread. Enjoy!
- 1 loaf Italian bread
- 1 stick butter, melted
- ½ cup chopped bacon, cooked and drained (Use real bacon, you won't regret it!)
- 3 - 4 green onions, sliced thinly
- 2 cups Monterey Jack cheese
- Slice your Italian loaf diagonally, but don't slice all the way through. You want to leave the bottom crust intact.
- Turn the loaf and slice diagonally in the other direction. It will create a diamond pattern on the bread and the loaf will start to open up or "bloom".
- Be smarter than me and at this point, transfer your loaf to a foil covered baking sheet. (I assembled mine and then made the transfer, which worked, but it would have been so much easier to build it on the baking sheet, to begin with.)
- Drizzle melted butter over the top of your loaf and be sure to let it drip down into all your diagonal cut marks.
- Sprinkle your pieces of chopped bacon over the melted butter.
- Next distribute the green onion slices and then cover the entire loaf with cheese.
- Bake it on a foil-covered baking sheet, uncovered, in a 350 degree oven for 15 -20 minutes, until the cheese is melted and beginning to lightly brown, in places.
- Remove from the oven and serve warm. Take my word for it. You won't have to call the family to let them know it's done. The smell of the toasting bread and bacon, wafting from your kitchen, will have had them waiting at the counter for you to pull it out of the oven.
- To serve, simply allow guests to pull the pre-sliced chunks from the loaf. This is most definitely finger-food! Enjoy!