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The Big Game and a Great Appetizer: Pull-Apart Party Loaf

I have a fun group of friends who get together every year to watch the Big Game. We all pitch in and bring an assortment of food to share – mostly appetizers and sweets. Every year I struggle to come up with something new and interesting yet appealing to a wide age group. A couple of months ago I walked through the Test Kitchen just as a new recipe was coming out of the oven. It had a wonderful aroma and looked really interesting. So I invited myself to join the taste panel that was trying this new creation (one of the perks of working in the Test Kitchen). After one bite of Pull-Apart Party Loaf, I knew I had found the recipe I would be bringing to this year’s party.

I know my friends are going to love this recipe. It looks and tastes yummy and really is easy to put together. I plan to have the loaf all put together and ready to go into the oven. I’ll wrap it up in aluminum foil and bring it to my friend’s house where I will pop it into the oven to bake for a little over a half hour. Then I will be able to serve it piping hot, which is the best way to enjoy this appetizer. I can hardly wait for the oohs and aahs!

Pull-Apart Party Loaf starts with a purchased round loaf of Italian or sourdough bread. You add the good stuff – butter, ranch dressing mix, bacon, jalapeno peppers and American cheese. It comes out of the oven warm and gooey and absolutely delicious. And, it’s fun to pull apart to serve.

Here’s how it’s made. Remember to read through the recipe first and prep all the ingredients (melt the butter, cook and chop the bacon, chop the jalapeno peppers, cheese and parsley). Have all the ingredients ready, and the assembly of the loaf will go very quickly.

The assembled loaf will need to be baked in a preheated oven set to 350°F, so if you plan to bring this to a party, ask the host to have the oven heated and ready for when you arrive. The first step is to tear off two pieces of aluminum foil, each 24 inches long. Lay them on the counter, crossing one over the other as pictured below.

Next cut the round loaf of bread, using a serrated knife, in a grid pattern, spacing about 1 inch between rows. But don’t cut all the way through the bottom crust.

This creates the pieces you will pull apart.

In a medium bowl combine the melted butter and the dry ranch dressing mix.

Add the bacon, jalapeno peppers and cheese.

Toss to coat everything with the butter mixture.

Place the cut loaf of bread in the center of the aluminum foil pieces. Spoon the cheese mixture into the cut areas of the bread.

Wrap the foil loosely around the bread and place the wrapped loaf on a baking sheet.

Bake for 30 minutes. Pull back the foil and continue baking for 5 to 10 minutes or until the loaf is golden brown and the cheese is melted.

If you’d like, sprinkle with parsley.

Serve immediately!

I can hardly wait to serve this to my friends; I know they are going to love it. Let me know what you think by coming back and leaving a comment or rating and reviewing this recipe, Pull-Apart Party Loaf.

Becky Wahlund is the Director of the Test Kitchens for Land O'Lakes and writes for our Recipe Buzz® Blog.


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Love this recipe but would like to have exact measurements for the ingredients.

Posted Mar 19 2014 by ezubia
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Cindy

Please click on the underlined name of the recipe in the blog copy - near the beginning of the post. You will be taken to the recipe document with the ingredients and method of the recipe.
Posted March 28, 2014

What happened to the Pull Aprt Party Loaf recipe using ciabatta bread? Is this the same exact receipe, and only the bread name is different? thanks.

Posted Feb 23 2014 by Helene
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Cindy

The recipe was developed for the round Italian type bread. Ciabatta bread may be too flat to use.
Posted February 27, 2014

This looks really yummy! I'm going to try it out for Super Bowl Sunday :)

Posted Jan 27 2014 by Micha

This looks yummy! I would love to take this to work but we don't have an oven. Has anyone prepared this at home and rewarmed in the microwave? How about heating it in a crockpot?

Posted Sep 16 2013 by Beth
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Cindy

I would suggest trying to heat this loaf of bread in the microwave. Be careful not to heat it too long since it could get soft. The appetizer bread is yummy! Hope you enjoy!
Posted October 04, 2013

picture looks yummy ---this has to be made for my tummy...

Posted Mar 15 2013 by Regina

I CAN'T WAIT TO TRY THIS AND MORE RECEIPES

Posted Feb 18 2013 by E. J.

What can I use instead of Jalapeno peppers? Recipe sounds good and easy to prepare!

Posted Feb 14 2013 by Rosemary
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Cindy

You could substitute mild green chiles for the jalapeno peppers. The green chiles are not as hot as the jalapenos and so the level of heat or spiciness would be less.
Posted February 15, 2013

I'd llke to try this recipe but do not like jalepenoes. What could I substitute?

Posted Feb 10 2013 by Virginia
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Cindy

You could substitute mild green chilies for the jalapeno chilies. Mild green chilies are not as hot or spicy as jalapenos but will be just fine in this recipe.
Posted February 11, 2013

Sounds delish. Can't wait to try it.

Posted Feb 02 2013 by Annie

???how much butter-how much italian dressing- how much cheese???

Posted Jan 29 2013 by Rhea
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Cindy

Click on the underlined recipe name in the blog copy and you will go to the recipe with ingredient amounts and the method. From there you can print the recipe, share it or save it. Hope you try it!
Posted January 30, 2013

sounds like a great recipe. Thanks

Posted Jan 29 2013 by liliana

Any comments on the best way to pull it apart?

Posted Jan 28 2013 by Bill
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Cindy

We suggest to use two forks or a tongs so you can reach down into the bread and get a larger piece. Sometimes if you just pull on the crust it get just a little bread with the crust.
Posted January 29, 2013

Please print this

Posted Jan 28 2013 by Larry
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Cindy

To print the recipe you should click on the underlined name of the recipe in the blog copy. You will go to the recipe itself and you can print the recipe from there. Typically you would not print the blog itself since it takes several pages with photos to do so.
Posted January 29, 2013

thanks

Posted Jan 27 2013 by linda

This sounds sooo good! I might try using pepperoncinis instead of the jalepenos and pepperoni might be a good replacement for the bacon. The possibilities are endless!!

Posted Jan 24 2013 by Rosie

This sounds absolutely delicious

Posted Jan 24 2013 by Margaret

Thanks for the step by step photos. I can't wait to try this. It looks fabulously yummy!

Posted Jan 23 2013 by Marge K

I tried this before bringing to friends. It is fantastic. I did substitute garlic for the peppers. Friends will love it.

Posted Jan 23 2013 by Mary

Wow! I can't wait to try this! It's just an amazing party treat!

Posted Jan 23 2013 by cheryl

IT TASTES REALLY GOOD IF YOU SUBSTITUTE BLUE CHEESE CRUMBLES INSTEAD OF THE AMERICAN, TOO.

Posted Jan 23 2013 by NANCYLEE

It looks and sounds great and I am going to try it for the Superbowl!

Posted Jan 23 2013 by Trish

Can sweet roasted red peppers be used in place of the jalapeno peppers? Thank you.

Posted Jan 23 2013 by Kathy

I can't seem to find the amounts of each ingredient; e.g., one pound of cheese? What am I doing wrong that I cannot pull up this information?

Posted Jan 22 2013 by lynn
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Cindy

You need to click on the recipe name (highlighted in the blog copy). You will be directed to the recipe document with ingredients, amounts and the method. Hope you try this recipe.
Posted January 23, 2013

cannot wait to try this!!! omg!!! cheese, bacon and spicy and stuffed in bread what more could you ask for!!

Posted Jan 22 2013 by gail

Wonderful sounding, but where are the amounts???

Posted Jan 22 2013 by Barbara
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Cindy

Click on the recipe name and you will be directed to the recipe document itself with the ingredient amounts and actual method.
Posted January 22, 2013

click on recipe on top of this page and it will bring you to the directions and amounts

Posted Jan 22 2013 by sharron

I can't wait to try this version of the Pull Apart Party Loaf. I tried something similar with just butter and Parmesan cheese;; but this recipe will knock the other out of competition. I can tell already. I was looking for something different for the Super Bowl Party and this is it!!!! Thanks.
P.S. My husband will be taking a trip near the end of this week and I'm going to make it for him to try.

Posted Jan 22 2013 by Margery

LOOKS DELICIOUS, CANT WAIT TO TRY!!!!!!

Posted Jan 22 2013 by linda

I made this and it was delicious! I used fresh jalopeno's to avoid any kind of vinegar after taste. I took a picture, unfortuanley I cannot post to this blog.

Posted Jan 22 2013 by Anita

sounds ridiculously messy. I wouldn't bother to fool with this unless you use individual size loafs so each person could have their own and use a knife and fork. . .

Posted Jan 22 2013 by anne

I would probably be good with mozzarella cheese and pepperoni, served with pizza sauce for dipping. I plan to make it for Super Bowl.

Posted Jan 22 2013 by Chandra

I think it could be interesting to add finely chopped green onion
just before serving

Posted Jan 21 2013 by Sharon Fox
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Cindy

That's a great idea!
Posted January 22, 2013

I changed it all and used corned beef swiss cheese cream cheese and saurkraut and it was yummy

Posted Jan 21 2013 by dana
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Cindy

I like your suggestion! With this recipe you can use your imagination and the ingredients that you like! Thanks.
Posted January 22, 2013

Sounds great but where are the recipe amounts? ? Also, are the jalapeno peppers fresh or bottled ???

Posted Jan 21 2013 by Kathleen
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Cindy

To see the actual recipe and the ingredient amounts, click on the recipe name highlighted in the blog copy. You will be directed to the recipe. Then you can print it, share it or even save it in your recipe box. About the jalapeno peppers. They are a jarred product and not fresh jalapenos. They should be found in either the condiment section of the supermarket or the ethnic section with other chiles.
Posted January 22, 2013

please print

Posted Jan 21 2013 by karen
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Cindy

Instead of printing the blog I suggest you print the actual recipe. If you click on the recipe name in the blog copy you will be directed to the recipe and then you can print it, share it or save it in your recipe box.
Posted January 22, 2013

Wonderful to know this. Thanks.

Posted Jan 21 2013 by Peter Zou

Genius! Look sinful!

Posted Jan 21 2013 by Anne S.

Looks wonderful, I will be making this soon

Posted Jan 21 2013 by Catherine H.

This looks yummy! Can't wait to try it!

Posted Jan 21 2013 by Lois

The recipe sounds wonderful, however, there are no quantities on the ingredients.

Posted Jan 21 2013 by Mary
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Cindy

Thanks for alerting us to this. If you now click on the recipe name in the blog copy (it is highlighted) you will go to the actual recipe that you can print. Hope you do give this recipe a try. Let us know how you liked it.
Posted January 21, 2013

What otheringredients can I use, for instance I do not relly care for bacon, what can I subsitute for it and the jalapeno peppers? Thanks, J

Posted Jan 21 2013 by Jean .
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Cindy

We suggest that you substiute cooked crumbled Italian sausage for the bacon and mild green chilies or roasted red peppers for the jalapeno peppers. With a recipe like this one you can use your imagination and include various other savory ingredients like these.
Posted January 21, 2013

Loaf looks delicious and I'm going to make it this coming weekend.

Posted Jan 20 2013 by Lori

i have tried this and i love it Becky it is a great recipe thank you

Posted Jan 20 2013 by donna

Wow this is yummy. My husband and his friends enjoyed it. In fact they wanted more, but I only got one. I wasn't sure if they would eat it lol. I'll know for next time.
Thank you

Posted Jan 20 2013 by Rosie

can't wait to try this one..it looks delicious

Posted Jan 20 2013 by Margo

My kind of recpe. Stuff it,serve it.

Posted Jan 20 2013 by jeanstewart

How do you serve the party loaf? Do you cut through it to the bottom and then pick it apart?

Posted Jan 20 2013 by Janet
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Cindy

Thanks for checking with us. I updated the last paragraph of the recipe to include that you should use two forks or tongs to reach down into the loaf and pull a bread piece out. Along with the bread you will get some of the filling, too. When you cut the bread you do cut down almost to but not through the bottom crust of the bread.
Posted January 21, 2013

what can I substitute for jalapeno peppers? They are too hot for me.

Posted Jan 20 2013 by Pat
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Cindy

We suggest substituting mild green chilies or roasted red peppers for the jalapeno peppers.
Posted January 21, 2013

Our friends and family are not big on Jalepeno peppers. Any suggestions for a substitue ingredient. Other that this, the pull apart party loaf sounds great.



Posted Jan 20 2013 by Jim
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Cindy

Our suggestion for what to substitute for the jalapeno peppers is to use mild green chilies or roasted red peppers but you could also use pimientos. You can be creative with this recipe!
Posted January 21, 2013

Looks so good I want it now!!

Posted Jan 20 2013 by Lorraine

Couldn't this recipe have been condensed into a smaller format? Where do I find the amts. of the ingredients?

Posted Jan 20 2013 by Diana
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Cindy

If you click on the recipe name in the blog copy (it is highlighted) you will be directed to the actual recipe where you will find the ingredient amounts and the method. You can print it from there or share it or save it to your recipe box.
Posted January 21, 2013

Where are the measurements of the ingredients, or do you just eye ball depending on the size of the loaf of bread

Posted Jan 20 2013 by Diane
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Cindy

Click on the recipe name in the blog copy (the name is highlighted) and you will go to the actual recipe to find out the ingredient amounts. Hop you try this recipe!
Posted January 21, 2013

I can't tell just how much butter is involved. Looks like it might be 1/2 stick, and since that's the catalyst I think that's the most important part to get right. ALso, is that a whole pack of Ranch Dressing mix? Thanks.

Posted Jan 20 2013 by Ginny
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Cindy

Click on the recipe name in the blog copy to find the ingredient amounts.
Posted January 21, 2013

This would be yummy with pieces of pepperoni or salami, too!

Posted Jan 20 2013 by JoAnn

This sure looks and sounds good - can't wait to try it!

Posted Jan 20 2013 by dischlegel

Im going to make this for Super Bowl Sunday looks AWESOME

Posted Jan 20 2013 by Judy

Just seeing this recipe makes my mind work! I'm thinking if you combine the cheese with some pulled pork would be good! Either way the recipe is a great idea! Will definitely try this on my son in law while he's watching the Patriots win the game!

Posted Jan 20 2013 by Jan

Looks scrumptious

Posted Jan 20 2013 by Linda

loved the step by step with pictures; however, to include this in my recipe book I would appreciate the recipe listed like most with a list and quantity of items, then a written step by step to refer to

Posted Jan 19 2013 by cynthia
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Cindy

Click on the recipe name in the blog copy. You will go to the recipe document from this link.
Posted January 21, 2013

i wil defintley be trying this one

Posted Jan 19 2013 by sharon

so -- I have read all the instructions -- where do I find the recipe?

Posted Jan 19 2013 by Marilyn
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Cindy

Click on the recipe name to find the recipe.
Posted January 21, 2013

There is no mention of how much of each ingredient!! Can you substitue the american cheese with other types of cheese?

Posted Jan 18 2013 by michelle
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Cindy

You could try another cheese but a natural cheese like cheddar as an example may melt differently. American cheese melts very smoothly and is a good choice for this recipe.
Posted January 21, 2013

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