New Year’s Eve will be upon us in six short days. Now, ask yourself this questions: are you properly prepared to celebrate?
If you don’t have all the ingredients to make this Party Bread, then the answer is: no.
You see, I’ve been ringin’ in the New Year with this cheesy, buttery, heavenly bread for as long as I can remember, and I don’t think I could celebrate without it. It is so insanely good; we’re talking blow-your-mind-all-the-way-to-the-moon-and-back good. You won’t even be able to wrap your head around the utter deliciousness of this hot, cheesy bread.
What makes Party Bread the perfect party companion? Well for one, you start with a fresh loaf of sourdough. I don’t know about you, but I can’t get enough of sourdough bread. It is so tangy and tasty. Then, this bread gets sliced up like a checkerboard and stuffed to the point of busting at the seams with Monterey Jack cheese. If that’s not enough for you, then perhaps this will please you: the whole cheese-stuffed loaf gets covered in luscious melted butter, flavorful fresh green onions, and crunchy poppy seeds. The whole thing gets baked in the oven until golden brown with gooey cheese melting out of every crevice.
At this point, you will want to shove your whole face into the molten cheese and buttery bread. Resist; the loaf’s checkerboard scoring allows for you to easily break off a hunk before going to town. This makes the bread shareable, and therefore ideal for parties and get-togethers. Pace yourself in the face of this deliciousness. You will be overwhelmed by how addicting and heavenly it is, but try to stay composed. However, don’t be shocked if you can easily down half the Party Bread all by yourself.
This bread is one of those things that’s so simple but SO GOOD. It is honestly one of my favorite things EVER. I only have it around Christmas time and New Year’s, so it’s extra special. I patiently wait for it all year long. It creeps into my thoughts at random, unsuspecting moments and causes salivation on the spot. You. Need. This. Bread. It’s easy and delicious. Go make it!
A Few Tips Before You Get Cooking:
- Although nothing catastrophic will occur if you use a different bread, I still recommend sticking with the sourdough. It provides a great tangy flavor that is absolutely perfect with the Monterey Jack. Plus, you need a sturdy bread with a crusty exterior that will hold up to all the cheese and butter during the baking process.
- If you add extra cheese, I won’t tell.
- The fresh scallions add a TON of flavor. They’re a must!
- Use a good bread knife for the cutting process. You need to make sure you don’t cut all the way through the bread while also making sure you cut deep enough to be able to tear off pieces.
- If you really wanted to get fancy, you could make the bread from scratch.
Recipe from Taste of Home
Yield: 6-8 Servings
- 1 unsliced round loaf (1 pound) sourdough bread
- 1 pound Monterey Jack cheese, sliced
- 1/2 cup butter, melted
- 1/2 cup chopped green onions
- 2 to 3 teaspoons poppy seeds
- Cut the bread lengthwise and widthwise without cutting through the bottom crust.
- Insert cheese between cuts. Combine butter, onions and poppy seeds; drizzle over the bread. Wrap in foil; place on a baking sheet.
- Bake at 350° for 15 minutes. Unwrap; bake 10 minutes longer or until the cheese is melted.