Party Bread

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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:

  1. 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.
  2. If you add extra cheese, I won’t tell.
  3. The fresh scallions add a TON of flavor. They’re a must!
  4. 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.
  5. If you really wanted to get fancy, you could make the bread from scratch.

Party Bread

Recipe from Taste of Home

Yield: 6-8 Servings

Ingredients

  • 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

Directions

  • Cut the bread lengthwise and widthwise without cutting through the bottom crust.
  • ┬áInsert 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.

52 thoughts on “Party Bread

  1. Tom Baker

    You had me at the photo! I am going to try this for sure this very year! I know everyone will enjoy this and I might incorporate it into a fake virtual dinner I am having as well. Great recipe and great photos as well.

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  2. Tom Baker

    Reblogged this on Morning Erection and commented:
    December did not turn out to be the food month I had planned and I’ve been busier lately than I usually am so I thought to myself, why not steal someone else’s post! Immediately after seeing this post I knew I was making this on New Year’s Day. What do you think about this beautiful appetizer?

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    1. The Smart Cookie Cook Post author

      It is a tough choice. I had them both on Christmas Eve and it was almost too much deliciousness to handle! I guess it depends how many ppl you’re feeding. The dip is easily doubled, so if there’s a lot of ppl you could do that. However, the bread’s very shareable too!

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    1. The Smart Cookie Cook Post author

      Do you mean the leftovers from the party bread itself? If so, I typically wrap it in foil and store in the fridge. It keeps for at least a week and heats back up fantastically well in the toaster or oven at 350 degrees.

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          1. yankeegospelgirl

            Oh, you know what, I think you were talking about a toaster OVEN. I just meant a toaster where you pop “raw” bread down. ;) If you put buttery bread in there, it could start a fire!

            Yes, I’ve taken to not ordering sandwiches so often from restaurants because the bread becomes soggy if I bring them home as leftovers. :(

  3. yankeegospelgirl

    I accidentally got a loaf that’s 1.5 pounds instead of 1. Should that change anything besides the amount of cheese I use? Cooking time, for example?

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    1. The Smart Cookie Cook Post author

      You’ll need a bit more butter topping as well. It may need to cook longer. You’ll just have to eyeball it. You’ll know it’s done if it’s hot in the middle, the cheese is melted, and it’s golden brown.

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      1. yankeegospelgirl

        I’m trying to decide whether or not to just follow the cutting lines already in the bread. If I do, I’ll have way fewer slices (and hence fewer cracks for the cheese), but it’ll be SO much easier to cut. Choices, choices…

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  4. Inside the Mind of Isadora

    Just came back to view this recipe as I plan on making it for my super bowl party. I was directed here by a reblog of this from Tom at Morning Erection. I love hoe simple it is and filling and I’ll best over-the-top tasty. I can’t wait to have it. I might have to do a test run.LOLOL
    Love viewing several other recipes. Will have to come back several times to see more.
    Thanks,
    Isadora

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  7. Karen

    I pushed the print button to get the Party Bread recipe and it copied nine (9!!!!) pages including all the comments. Do you have a printer friendly button?

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    1. Aussie Girl

      Hi Karen, If you press ctrl p you can then pages 1-4 it will give you just the recipe and not the comments. I just did this and got the recipe only. My Grandson showed me this short cut.

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  8. Aussie Girl

    Can you please tell me is Monterey Jack cheese available in Australia as I haven’t been able to find it yet?

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    1. The Smart Cookie Cook Post author

      I’ve never been, so it’s hard to say. But I did some Googling, and it doesn’t sound like you have it there. A great, almost identical replacement, would be white cheddar (or just regular cheddar), preferably sharp.

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      1. Aussie Girl

        Thank you The Smart Cookie Cook, the replacement that you have suggested, I know that, I can get here. As I have seen Monterey Jack in a few different recipes, but being unable to find it I was unsure what to use! But now I will be able to use this replacement for it. So thank you for your help.

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  17. karen keep

    This is a terrific recipe! I made it this afternoon and and everyone loved it. Very easy to do. I will make it again for Christmas Eve.

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