A few years back I made this appetizer as a take-along to a friends house and my immediately decided it needed to be added to my recipe book. Today he mentioned he would like some as a snack, so I figured I would share the recipe with all of you. It’s perfect for any get together and is simple to create.
1 loaf Italian Bread
3 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled
3/4 Cup butter, melted
1 Tbsp Ranch dressing mix (the powder kind)
1 Cup cheddar cheese, shredded
Parsley, to garnish
Preheat your oven to 350* Fahrenheit.
On a cutting board, slice your bread diagonally 3/4 of the way through the loaf. Turn your loaf around & repeat from the opposite, creating a triangle effect.
Stuff your cuts with the cheddar cheese and bacon, making sure to evenly distribute throughout the loaf.
Combine melted butter and ranch seasoning in a small dish. Using a pastry brush, completely coat the top of your loaf. If there is any remaining you can drizzle it on top.
Encase your loaf in aluminum foil, making sure to leave a pocket of air between the top of the loaf and the foil when you pinch it closed. Place onto a baking sheet.
Bake for 20 minutes, or until cheese is mostly melted. Remove from foil and bake an additional 5-10 minutes to give your dish a nice crust.
Remove from oven, allow to cool a bit. Serve while still warm.
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