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Cheesy Bacon Bread

An easy cheesy bacon bread appetizer for a big crowd. With creamy butter, cheddar cheese, bacon pieces and green onions!

So how about a great starter? It’s kinda in the same vein as bloomin’ onion bread but this one uses a baguette instead of sourdough and it has bacon. Which makes everything better. I figure this one is easier to do. There’s no fancy action scenes of cross-cutting your bread for those that aren’t really all that gifted in the bread cutting scene. Such as me. I generally pass that torch on to Mr. Cooking Jar who also holds the title of burrito folding king.

An easy cheesy bacon bread appetizer for a big crowd. With creamy butter, cheddar cheese, bacon pieces and green onions!

Since a baguette is hoooge, this will go a long way. I would say anywhere between 6 to 12 servings, depending how many ambitious eaters you have in your group. And it’s really, really easy to put together. So how about it? Let’s make some cheesy bacon bread!

An easy cheesy bacon bread appetizer for a big crowd. With creamy butter, cheddar cheese, bacon pieces and green onions!

So first thing to do is to slice your baguette crosswise into one inch slices. Stop just before you reach the bottom. It’s gonna be easier to hold the loaf together when they still have some form. This was easy, even for me. I used a serrated bread knife and life was good. I ended up with about 24 slices when all was said and done.

An easy cheesy bacon bread appetizer for a big crowd. With creamy butter, cheddar cheese, bacon pieces and green onions!

Now the first thing I obsessed about was how on earth will all that stuff stick to the slices spread on vertically without falling off? I mean it’s a lot of bigger bits like bacon pieces and green onions. The answer is glue. The butter should be softened, not melted and this is your glue that holds everything together. I took a pic just to show you. No more worries!

So after we slice the bread, it’s mixing time. Butter, bacon pieces or bits, cheddar cheese and green onions. Use the green parts of the onions for this. If you don’t happen to like green onions, you can sub chives. That’ll work too.

An easy cheesy bacon bread appetizer for a big crowd. With creamy butter, cheddar cheese, bacon pieces and green onions!

And it’s spreading time. When I first started this part, which is the most time consuming, I had a hard time trying to squeeze in the knife and butter mixture and spread well. Then I figured out a better way. Just lift up the loaf from the bottom and the slices will part beautifully like an accordion. Now you can spread easy!

Don’t worry too much about using too much butter mixture in the beginning. I was skimping in the beginning then had about two heaping tablespoons left after buttering all the slices. I’d say use about a heaping teaspoon per slice. And hopefully you’ll do a better job buttering than I did! Spread it to the edges!

An easy cheesy bacon bread appetizer for a big crowd. With creamy butter, cheddar cheese, bacon pieces and green onions!

Then we wrap it up in foil so the bread doesn’t brown up before the cheese or butter has a chance to melt. Bake it for 15 minutes and that’s it. At this point you can start gathering your group and announce your spectacular appetizer. Use hyperboles. Gesture madly. Get them hungry and hyped up before you run away with the loaf to your secret hiding place and keep it all to yourself. No? Okay, let’s share.

An easy cheesy bacon bread appetizer for a big crowd. With creamy butter, cheddar cheese, bacon pieces and green onions!

Once it’s out of the oven, it’s just a matter of serving. You can slice the bottoms to get your slices or jusst tear it off. Serve it warm cause that’s the best way. And seriously, this is good. It’s warm and melty and crusty and bacony. Hooray for easy appetizers! Happy cooking!

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An easy cheesy bacon bread appetizer for a big crowd. With creamy butter, cheddar cheese, bacon pieces and green onions!

Cheesy Bacon Bread


  • Author: The Cooking Jar
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 15 mins
  • Total Time: 25 mins
  • Yield: 24 slices

Ingredients

  • 1 French baguette
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup bacon pieces
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 2 green onions, sliced

Instructions

  1. Cut the baguette crosswise into 1″ slices without cutting through to the the bottom
  2. Combine butter, bacon, cheese and green onions. Mix well
  3. Spread the butter mixture on each slice
  4. Wrap the baguette in foil and bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes or until the cheese has melted
  5. Dish and serve hot

Notes

Inspired by Better Homes and Gardens

 Nutrition per slice (24 slices per baguette)An easy cheesy bacon bread appetizer for a big crowd. With creamy butter, cheddar cheese, bacon pieces and green onions!

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10 Comments

  • Reply
    Cate
    February 16, 2015 at 8:23 AM

    This looks SO delicious but SO naughty!

    • Reply
      The Cooking Jar
      February 19, 2015 at 3:08 PM

      It’s well worth it, Cate!

  • Reply
    Thalia @ butter and brioche
    February 16, 2015 at 6:06 PM

    This cheesy bacon bread is just making me drool – totally obsessed with all that delicious stuffing inside!

    • Reply
      The Cooking Jar
      February 19, 2015 at 3:09 PM

      I know, right? Always up for a chance to include bacon somewhere 😉

  • Reply
    La Torontoise
    February 16, 2015 at 6:25 PM

    Dear Farah,
    I’ve been reading your blog for a while but only now manage to write.
    I love this idea and I eat every day a baguette 9the French style bread:-)

    Now I have a question: would it mean that *both* sides of each slice get the mixture? If so, is there a danger that the mix at the bottom may disassemble and fall down while holding the slide in my hand? How would you recommend such an appetizer be eaten? (I guess, it’s a finger food type?) I’m just trying to imagine if it gets in the hands of little children running around…

    Thank you very much!
    I look forward to hearing from you soon.
    All the best!!

    • Reply
      The Cooking Jar
      February 19, 2015 at 3:16 PM

      Hello! I buttered each slice on one side only. I worked on the left side of the baguette, buttering the right side of the slices until I reached the middle then turned the whole baguette around and worked on the other side, buttering it on the right side again. That’s about it!

      The bacon bits and green onions will stick pretty well to the slices once it’s baked and ready so I suppose it can be eaten on the go? But since the bread tends to flake easily, with all those crumbs everywhere I recommend staying at the table 😉

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    Sarah | Snap A Bite
    February 17, 2015 at 4:56 AM

    A special kind of lunch or a small appetizer… I love simple recipes like this one 🙂 I might have a go at this to surprise my husband (instead of the usual bread and jam)!
    Love your photos as well!

    • Reply
      The Cooking Jar
      February 19, 2015 at 3:17 PM

      Appreciate it, Sarah! Hope he likes your surprise 🙂

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