Hot Bacon Cheese Spread

This creamy spread, made with Monterey Jack and Parmesan cheeses, is sure to warm up your next holiday party. Guests never wander too far from the table when you put out this fragrant dip.

Yield

2 cups (16 servings)

Ingredients

1 (1 pound) loaf unsliced round Italian bread
2 cups shredded Monterey Jack cheese
1 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
1 cup mayonnaise*
1/4 cup chopped onion
5 bacon strips, cooked and crumbled
1 garlic clove, minced

Directions

Preheat oven to 350°F (177°C)

Cut top fourth off loaf of bread; carefully hollow out bottom, leaving a 1-inch shell. Cube removed bread and set aside.

Combine the remaining ingredients; spoon into bread bowl. Replace top. Place on an ungreased baking sheet.

Bake for 1 hour or until heated through. Serve with reserved bread cubes.

Estimated Time

Preparation Time: 10 minutes
Bake Time: 1 hour

Additional Information

* Reduced-fat or fat-free mayonnaise may not be substituted for regular mayonnaise in this recipe.

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving (2 tablespoons): Calories 263, Fat 19 g (Saturated Fat 6 g), Cholesterol 23 mg, Sodium 433 mg, Carbohydrate 15 g, Fiber 1 g, Protein 8 g.

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