Ranch Crack Bread with Bacon

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Bacon Ranch Crack Bread is sheer perfection. that you will not be able to resist. What’s not to love about bread soaked in butter and stuffed with oozing cheese and ranch seasoning and topped with crispy bacon and then baked to crispy, melty perfection? 
Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 25 minutes
Total: 40 minutes
Bacon Ranch Crack Bread

Ranch Crack Bread with bacon is sheer perfection that you will not be able to resist. What’s not to love about bread soaked in butter and stuffed with oozing cheese and ranch seasoning and topped with crispy bacon and then baked to crispy, melty perfection? 

Bacon Ranch Crack Bread with a side of cheese and fresh herbs.

This Bacon Ranch Crack Bread is a wonderful appetizer for super bowl parties or game night with the kids. It has everyone’s favorite ingredient, bacon! You better be prepared to make more than one as these snacks go fast.

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What We Love About This Crack Bread Recipe

Cheesy pull apart bread is addictive, which is why it is called crack bread. There are tons of variations and wonderful additions that can be made for this bread, find out the history here.

  • 15 Minute Prep: Quick and easy to make and bake.
  • Easy Ingredients: Only 5 ingredient.
  • Family Friendly: This appetizer is a true crowd pleaser.
  • Adaptable: Can make it low-carb, meat free, etc…
A hand grabbing a piece of the bread.

Ingredient Notes for Cheese Bread Pull Apart

  • Round sourdough bread or country bread, do not slice, make sure it is a crusty loaf.
  • Cheddar cheese, thinly sliced, however you can use any cheese that you enjoy, make sure it is a good melting cheese for example monterey jack.
  • Bacon, can substitute bacon bits.
  • Butter, melted butter. Unsalted butter if you are going to add your own seasoning.
  • Ranch dressing seasoning, use the dried seasoning packet or dressing mix.
A round loaf of bread with bacon, cheese and butter.

Equipment Needed for Bacon Ranch Crack Bread

  • Chef’s Knife
  • Baking Sheet

How to Make Cheese Bread Pull Apart

These are the basic steps for making pull apart bread cheese recipe. Please refer to the recipe card below for more detailed instructions.

Scoring the round loaf, then adding the butter, bacon and herbs.

STEP 1: CUT

First, using a sharp bread knife, cut the bread on the diagonal in one-inch sections – making sure you don’t go all the way through the bread. Second, repeat this step going in the opposite diagonal direction so that you have cross hatches.

STEP 2: CHEESE

Then place cheddar cheese in between the slices and then sprinkle bacon crumbles on bread, making sure to get in between the slices,

STEP 3: TOP

Next, mix together butter and ranch dressing seasoning. Pour over bread, then then wrap the entire loaf  of bread in foil and place on a baking sheet.

STEP 4: BAKE

Finally, bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes. Lastly, Unwrap. bake for an additional 10 minutes, or until cheese is melted.

Prep and Storage Tips for Cheese Stuffed Bread

HOW TO MAKE THIS RECIPE AHEAD OF TIME

Begin by making the bread as directed but do not bake. Wrap in sheet of foil and place in the refrigerator until ready to bake and serve.

HOW TO STORE THIS RECIPE

The leftovers can be stored in an airtight container or wrapped well.

HOW TO FREEZE THIS RECIPE

Freeze for up to six months, make sure it is in an airtight container or wrapped in foil.

HOW TO REHEAT THIS RECIPE

Reheat leftovers in the oven or toaster oven.

Frequently Asked Questions about Garlic and Cheese Bread

HOW TO MAKE THIS RECIPE HEALTHIER

Gluten free bread can be used for this recipe along with low fat or fat free cheese.

CAN I SUBSTITUTE DIFFERENT TYPES OF CHEESES?

Of course, try using gruyere, mozzarella cheese or swiss.

CAN THIS RECIPE BE DOUBLED OR HALVED?

Double it by making several, or make smaller ones for individual servings.

IS THIS BREAD THE SAME AS MONKEY BREAD?

It is similar as they are both pull apart bread.

Closeup on the scored round bread.

Expert Tips for Making This Cheese Stuffed Bread Recipe

  • Add Fresh Herbs: A teaspoon of basil, fresh parsley, garlic cloves, green onions, even pesto to the butter mixture.
  • Bread: Where can you find the sourdough loaf? Find at your local bakery or in the grocery store,
  • Variation tip: Feel free to add grilled onion to cracks of the bread.
  • Alternate ingredient/Substitution/Addition: Feel free to add as many tips as you need in this section
  • Sauce: drizzle with your favorite sauce or use for dipping, this 30 Minute Marinara is an excellent choice for this cheesy garlic bread.
  • Seasonings: Finish with All Purpose Seasoning, salt or pepper.

What to Serve with Bacon Ranch Crack Bread

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Bacon Ranch Crack Bread

Bacon Ranch Crack Bread

Yield: 6 servings
Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 25 minutes
Total: 40 minutes
Bacon Ranch Crack Bread is sheer perfection. that you will not be able to resist. What’s not to love about bread soaked in butter and stuffed with oozing cheese and ranch seasoning and topped with crispy bacon and then baked to crispy, melty perfection? 
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Ingredients

  • 1 unsliced loaf of round sourdough or country bread
  • 12 oz cheddar cheese, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup crumbled bacon, can substitute bacon bits
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 1 Tbsp Ranch dressing seasoning, use the dried seasoning packet

Instructions

  • Using a sharp bread knife, cut the bread on the diagonal in one-inch sections – making sure you don’t go all the way through the bread.
  • Repeat this step going in the opposite diagonal direction so that you have cross hatches.
  • Place cheddar cheese in between the slices.
  • Sprinkle bacon crumbles on bread, making sure to get in between the slices.
  • Mix together butter and ranch dressing seasoning. Pour over bread.
  • Wrap the entire loaf  of bread in foil and place on a baking sheet.
  • Bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes.
  • Unwrap. Bake for an additional 10 minutes, or until cheese is melted.

Expert Tips

 
  • Add Fresh Herbs: A teaspoon of basil, fresh parsley, garlic cloves, green onions, even pesto to the butter mixture.
  • Bread: Where can you find the sourdough loaf? Find at your local bakery or in the grocery store,
  • Variation tip: Feel free to add grilled onion to cracks of the bread.
  • Alternate ingredient/Substitution/Addition: Feel free to add as many tips as you need in this section
  • Sauce: drizzle with your favorite sauce or use for dipping, this 30 Minute Marinara is an excellent choice for this cheesy garlic bread.
  • Seasonings: Finish with All Purpose Seasoning, salt or pepper.

Estimated Nutritional Information

Calories: 613kcal | Carbohydrates: 42g | Protein: 26g | Fat: 38g | Saturated Fat: 22g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 8g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 111mg | Sodium: 1417mg | Potassium: 137mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 1041IU | Calcium: 445mg | Iron: 3mg
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Course: Appetizers and Dips
Cuisine: American
Keyword: appetizer, easy recipe

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