I have ALWAYS wanted to make one of these, well always since I had one a few years ago and thought it was the best thing since sliced bread!!
Basically it is cheesy creamy dip in a loaf of bread baked to create cheesy gooey deliciousness that has no redeeming health benefits at all but oh boy will you be the hit of any party you take it along to.
Its also a pretty forgiving recipe, everyone has their version and you can mix things up quite a bit, if you are an onion lover additional spring onions or chives is the way to go, you could even add a big dollop of creamy onion dip in place of some of the cream.
The key is finding a gorgeous loaf to hold it all together, I used this beautiful sourdough cob loaf from our local grocery store, or you can use a plain cob loaf and I highly recommend Rewena bread too!
The loaf wants to be a lovely big solid one, the basic idea is you scoop out the soft insides of the loaf leaving a good amount of crust to hold all the dip, then mix together all the ingredients, pop the dip in the loaf then bake the loaf in the oven and serve! So simple and oh so delicious. The bits of dough you earlier took out can be popped in the oven and baked at the end to act as “dippers” and I serve mine with thinly sliced baguette as well as it’s a lot of dip!
There are so many variations and I have a feeling after making this one this summer I might check out a few more! It makes a huge serving size so perfect for a party. Best served warm so save it until the last minute and wrap in foil to ensure it stays warm in transit if travelling. Also I wrap mine in aluminium foil while baking to ensure the insides get baked well but the outside doesn’t burn. This is optional so if no foil, simply reduce the cooking time to 20 minutes.
And the best bit……once the dip and bread gone, you literally get to rip apart the loaf and eat the cheesy dip soaked outer loaf….yep it’s that good! So here is the recipe, I think you will love it, perfect for a special occasion or when someone asks for a “plate”
So there you have it, delicious, simple and the hit of any party.
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