Monday, June 8, 2015

Pull-Apart Party Loaf


I made this to go with leftovers on a 'clean out the fridge night' at our house.  We all liked it.
Pull-Apart Party Loaf
 
 

1 (16- to 18-ounce) round loaf Italian or sourdough bread
1/4 cup Land O Lakes® Butter, melted
1 teaspoon dry ranch dressing mix
1/2 cup (about 5 slices) cooked chopped thick-cut bacon
1/4 cup jarred jalapeño peppers, chopped
10 (3/4-ounce) slices Land O Lakes® Deli American, chopped(Beth also added some cheddar)
2 teaspoons chopped fresh parsley, if desired


Heat oven to 350°F. Place two (24-inch) pieces aluminum foil, crossing one over the other, on flat surface.
 
Cut bread, using serrated knife, in grid pattern, spacing about 1-inch between rows. Do not cut through bottom crust. Set aside.
 
Combine melted butter and ranch dressing in medium bowl. Add all remaining ingredients except parsley; mix well.
 
Place loaf in center of aluminum foil pieces. Spoon cheese mixture into cut areas of bread. Wrap foil loosely around bread. Place onto ungreased baking sheet.
 
Bake 30 minutes. Pull back foil; continue baking 5-10 minutes or until loaf is golden brown and cheese is melted. Sprinkle with parsley, if desired.
 
Serve immediately.  Pull out individual bread pieces, using tongs or 2 forks and reaching down into loaf to include filling and bread.

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