Cream Cheese and Bacon Bread Bowl Dip
Bacon & Cheese What Else Do You Need!
Easy Bread Bowl Cheese Dip
Make a warm and delicious cream cheese and bacon bread bowl dip, the next time you want to impress your friends and family with an appetizer. This recipe is simple to follow and the results are amazing. Instead of serving a bowl of salted nuts and a cheese and cracker plate, step up your hosting skills and serve this warm, gooey, cheesy, hors d'oeuvre .
The best part of this dish is that you can prepare it ahead of time before you are running around the house doing other more important things before hosting a party. Pop this out of the refrigerator and into the oven 40 minutes before serving and you have an excellent warm and tasty treat to people to enjoy before the main dinner.
The instructions below are for half of the recipe. This is perfect for a small dinner party, however if you want to double it and serve in a large bread bowl. just double the ingredients and purchase the extra large round sourdough. If your local bakery only has small bread rolls available doing individual appetizers is also a fun way to present the dish. Serve on individual plates with pieces of sourdough for spreading the cheese and bacon mixture onto.
Guests that need to be conscious of their carbohydrate intake can also still indulge, by using baby carrots or cucumber slices as a delivery method.
Bacon, Cream Cheese, Onion, Mayo, Seasonings, and BreadClick thumbnail to view full-size
Cream Cheese Bread Bowl
- 1 Bread Bowl, A small roll is perfect for this however larger ones will work when doubling recipe
- 2 Boxes Cream Cheese, Set out of the ref. for 30 minutes prior to making the recipe
- 2 Teaspoons Mayo
- 8 Slices Bacon, Baked Bacon is the way Bacon is supposed to be, but cook it up however you please
- 1 Green Onion
- 7 Dashes Garlic Salt
- 7 Dashes Lemon Pepper Seasoning
- 3 Dashes Black Pepper
- 4 Dashes Onion Powder
Putting the Dip TogetherClick thumbnail to view full-size
- Place the cream cheese on the counter for 20 - 30 minutes to soften before making the dip. This will ensure that the cheese will mix easily with the other ingredients. If you are using a kitchen aid mixer instead of just a spoon, it may not be necessary.
- Hollow out the bread bowl. Save the inside in a bag for serving later. After you have removed the top make sure and cut back the top so that it is flat to allow for more of the mixture to be stuffed inside.
- Bake the Bacon and use a paper towel to remove the excess fat.
- Chop the green onion.
- In a single bowl, combine the cream cheese, bacon, green onion, mayonnaise, garlic salt, lemon pepper, onion powder, and black pepper.
- Stir together until all of the ingredients are mixed together thoroughly.
- Fill the bread bowl with the cream cheese mixture.
- Place the top on and wrap it up in aluminum foil.
- You can either pop it into the oven right now or save it in the refrigerator for cooking later.
- Place the bread bowl wrapped in its foil in the oven at 325 degrees for 40 minutes. The cheese mixture should be really soft and warm when it is finished. If you are doubling the recipe and using a large bread roll instead of a smaller one you may need to keep it into the oven for an hour.
- Slice additional sourdough bread for dipping
- Place the bread bowl on a plate and serve with bread pieces for spreading dip on bread with an appetizer knife.
Do You Like Bread Bowls
Do you like to make dips and soups that reside in a bread bowl?
Tips for this Recipe
- After hollowing out the bowl in the bread, use a knife and cut an additional layer off from the inside to maximize the space for filling with the tasty & delicious gooey cheese.
- Pack down the cheese mixture in the bowl with a spoon to fill any air gaps.
- If you can't find a round bread roll or wish to not serve inside of the bread, use a deep oven safe container fill it up, cover with foil, and cook in the oven.
- Remove the top for the last 5 - 10 minutes if you want to get a layer of cooked cheese on the surface.
- Keep the lid on the top until right before serving to keep the heat in.
- Use sourdough dinner rolls and make individual appetizers that are given to each of your guests versus a community dish.
- Include some vegetable options like carrots and cucumbers for friends and family that may not want to eat all the carbohydrates in the bread, but want to still splurge and enjoy your bacon and cream cheese treat.
An Alternative Called a Pumpernickel Cream Cheese Dip
- Use ham instead of bacon. This helps reduce some of the fat content in the dish while still having the overall flavor of the appetizer still there.
- Use a reduced or fat free cream cheese, instead of a regular cream cheese to reduce some of the calories.
- Cut the bread pieces into smaller sections so that they are single bite pieces and makes a smaller bread roll last longer than using large slices of bread.