Pull-Apart Party Loaf

Pull-Apart Party Loaf

This delicious appetizer for a crowd is certain to be the highlight of game night!

25 min. prep time
12 servings
34434 Ratings


1 (16- to 18-ounce) round loaf Italian or sourdough bread
1/4 cup Land O Lakes® Butter, melted
1 teaspoon dry ranch dressing mix
1/2 cup (about 5 slices) cooked chopped thick-cut bacon
1/4 cup jarred jalapeño peppers, chopped
10 (3/4-ounce) slices Land O Lakes® Deli American, chopped
2 teaspoons chopped fresh parsley, if desired


Heat oven to 350°F. Place two (24-inch) pieces aluminum foil, crossing one over the other, on flat surface.

Cut bread, using serrated knife, in grid pattern, spacing about 1-inch between rows. Do not cut through bottom crust. Set aside.

Combine melted butter and ranch dressing in medium bowl. Add all remaining ingredients except parsley; mix well.

Place loaf in center of aluminum foil pieces. Spoon cheese mixture into cut areas of bread. Wrap foil loosely around bread. Place onto ungreased baking sheet.

Bake 30 minutes. Pull back foil; continue baking 5-10 minutes or until loaf is golden brown and cheese is melted. Sprinkle with parsley, if desired.

Serve immediately.  Pull out individual bread pieces, using tongs or 2 forks and reaching down into loaf to include filling and bread.

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Try these other pull-apart party loaf ideas: Supreme Pizza Pull-Apart Party Loaf, Reuben Pull-Apart Party Loaf and Buffalo Chicken Pull-Apart Party Loaf.

Nutrition Facts (1 serving)

Calories: 240

Fat: 12g

Cholesterol: 30mg

Sodium: 670mg

Carbohydrates: 22g

Dietary Fiber: 1g

Protein: 9g

Recipe #15803©2012Land O'Lakes, Inc.

Recipe Comments & Reviews

I used pesto with some fresh ground pepper, olive oil and made 3 loafs with all different cheeses.
Turned out awesome and everyone loved it.
I love jalapeños but my husband does not. I used green onions instead.
I've already made this loaf twice. The first time, I cut the loaf. 2nd time, my engineer husband cut it. Being an engineer, he was precise. Don't be too precise with your squares. It will fall apart. About 1 inch apart can include an increase to that inch! Ha! Ha! I'd go with a larger grid next time!
Loved this one! I also used green onions and a smidgen of garlic. But instead of jalapenos all over, I only put those on half and then I also cut up sun dried tomatoes and mixed them in with the other stuff as well as shredded pepper jack & mozzarella. Yumm.
This is an amazing recipe. The taste is so good, I did use cheddar cheese and added some green onion. I have to get a little better at slicing the bread, but for my first time, my fiance and I loved it!
This was awesome and my family devoured it! The only thing I changed was to double the amount of jalapenos because we like things spicy and I used shredded cheddar cheese instead of slices of cheese chopped up. I would definitely make this again and can't wait to try the reuben version!!!
I have made this recipe a few times now. I changed it a bit , I don't use the peppers at all. I chop up green onions and put them on. I stuff the cheese , bacon, green onions into the slices the mix at least 1/2 cup of butter with minced garlic and pour all over the top. Excellent. Love it lots
Don't happen to have any bacon right now do you think some Italian sausage would be good/work?
Test Kitchen Comment


Hi Pamela, Italian sausage would be delicious in this recipe! We also have a Supreme Pizza Pull-Apart Party Loaf that features Italian sausage. Enjoy! http://www.landolakes.com/recipe/4296/supreme-pizza-pull-apart-party-loaf
Posted March 06, 2015
Made this for Super Bowl and it was a big hit! It was extremely difficult to stuff, but worth the trouble. Love the idea of smaller loaves for others that don't like hot. Amazing.
With a little practice maybe I'll be able to cut the bread better. I loved this recipe, but next time I will be using less butter, as I felt it was a bit too soggy.
I added fresh cilantro, basil, and garlic seasoning, substituted half a green bell pepper for the jalapenos, cut back on the cheese, and added olives. Delicious! I will be making this for the next family gathering, and probably go along with the popular suggestion of individual breads.
Awful....tasted like over cooked bread.
I made this recipe and there was none left. It was very good.
Has anyone used something else besides the jalapeño peppers? I am not into really hot.
Not sure why anyone would rate this 1 star based on the way it looks ?? I made this and it was wonderful! Next time, I think I'll try doing smaller rolls. THANKS!
I love this recipe.. job well done.. keep it up..
Test Kitchen Comment


Yes, you need an already baked loaf of bread you can find at a bakery or grocery store.
Posted November 24, 2014
11 words.....I love it!!!!! Could never get anything better at a party.
Everyone loved this party loaf. We love spicy and it is very easy to make.
I was just thinking, why not use smaller loaves? This way each person will have their own loaf and you wont have to worry about every touching your food. Just an idea
I made this last night using indivdual cibetta rolls. It turned out amazing! Guests couldn't get enough!!! And not at all messy. Will definitely be making it again as will several guests in attendance.
I made this bread without the bacon and it turned out great!! I will be making this again.
I had this at the Superbowl Party I went to and it was AMAZING! You can pull the pieces out with your fingers or just use a fork...it's not that messy. The new comfort food!
I used rolls to make individual portions of this; worked fine and easier for each person to pull apart and reduce the mess. There are so many possible variations of this, can work for almost anyone.
it looks delicious,but I'm thinking messy really messy.
Thanks to fantastic menu. I managed to get and it also felt amazing: -)
I made both a sourdough and italian loaf version of this recipe. I love the filling, but found the presentation difficult. Since the bread is not cut through, it was hard to get the pieces out. The pieces broke apart where the filling was. I would instead make the filling (yum), and serve it with the bread pulled into small pieces. We also had an artichoke dip served from a crock pot. That might be an alternative way to serve this.
Got a garlic loaf and used pepperoni instaed of bacon and no peppers. Came out great! A winner for Super Bowl Sunday!
During flu season, why not provide a knife and have guests cut off sections to individually pull apart?

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I just tried and it was so good!! The only problem was that the bread was too hard to crunch. My husband loved it except the bread's hardness (?) and he suggested to make it again with softer bread. So I think I'll head to a grocery for Hawaiian King Bread.
Thank you for the fabulous recipe.
I haven't made this recipe yet... just saved it and plan to for our next gathering...
the comment about having individual servings of this recipe.. in some stores they sell small loaves of this type bread.. you could consider using that... I think with the use of a set of tongs is pretty sanitary... Thank you for the great recipe... I love it...
so do you pre melt the cheese mix in with butter and pour into the crevices?
Test Kitchen Comment


The butter is mixed with the ranch dressing powder and then you add the remaining ingredients for the filling. The cheese is not melted but is chopped into small pieces.
Posted January 29, 2013
To ther person whom commented about Flu and Cold seanson, what about putting them in cupcake tins and serving individual ones.
Broccoli + cheddar + bacon + a little curry powder. Yum!
I have made a garlic bread variation of this, using parmasean cheese and garlic butter instead of bacon and American cheese. It came out great and my guests had fun pulling the pieces out. Even the bottom crust was eaten. My ice bucket tongs were just the right size to pull the pieces. I'll try it this way next opportunity - but without the jalapeno.
Joanna, Next to the photo this recipe is described to serve 12 as an appetizer. Any party spread shoud be a collection of dishes that overall, offers a balanced diet. Our friends know that I'm a vegetable farmer. We will always set out at least one tossed salad and plenty of veggies. But we also know and accept that most of our party guests will tend to focus their snacking on "Meats and Sweets". For this Party Loaf recipe a 16 to 18 ounce loaf of bread, 1/2 Cup of bacon and 10 ounces of cheese are the main ingredients. I'm no nutritonist, but divided by 10 or 12 snackers this Party Loaf is a festive substitute for a typical pizza and offers somewhat better nutritional values.
I have a question regarding how much 1 serving is - there isn't anything I can see that says how many ounces, portion - 1/4 of a loaf? or that the recipe make 6 or 8 portions - there's a lot of sodium, especially if the recipe serves 10.
Test Kitchen Comment


The yield of this recipe is estimated to be approx. 12 servings. The nutrition was calculated on the total weight of the recipe and divided by 12. Each serving should be 73.43 g. because of the way the bread is cut it is difficult to say exactly how much is a serving. So if you can weigh what you think a serving and if it is close to the weight I mentioned that would be a serving.
Posted January 22, 2013
Just a personal comment, not meant to be a review. In this season of Flu and Colds, I don't like to serve food that others are touching, very unsanitary. I'd rather like to make individual servings. A good idea, maybe make small ones with dinner rolls or something. Hmm, just thought of that,lol. I might try it.
Do I use an unbaked or baked loaf of bread????30 plus 10 minutes seems rather long for an already baked loaf -
Posted Jan 19 2013 by gerda
Test Kitchen Comment


You use a purchased loaf of bread for this recipe. The filling ingredients need to get heated through and so that is why the bread needs to be baked what seems like a long time. It does take that much time to get completely heated.
Posted January 22, 2013
love it and going to make it
Tried this before super bowl and we loved it. It will be part of our party spread. I will put the recipe on cards for all who what to make it. I sure there will be many takers
We used ham and cheddar with red peppers ~ Delish!!!
I plan on making this but have a question. When you pull the top of each section of bread won't it break off just at the top of the piece. In other words will the piece of bread come out from the bottom to the top or just the top. This sounds crazy but I can't think of any other way to explain.
Test Kitchen Comment


I have provided some additional information to the last step of the recipe in answer to your question. You need to reach down into the loaf with either tongs or two forks to pull out the bread piece with some filling.
Posted January 21, 2013
after you warm this in the oven, do you slice it to serve or pull it apart
Test Kitchen Comment


To serve the bread when warmed you should pull out the bread piece from the loaf using tongs or two forks.
Posted January 21, 2013
Do I use an unbaked or baked loaf of bread????30 plus 10 minutes seems rather long for an already baked loaf -
Test Kitchen Comment


You should use a purchased already baked loaf of bread. It is important that the filling down inside the bread between the cuts get heated through.
Posted January 21, 2013
I made this before, but with different ingredients. Going to make this version this weekend. Sounds delicious.

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