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

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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This looks and sounds amazing. I will do this for my next party.

Posted December 02, 2015 by Debra Menke

cant wait to make this for Thanksgiving looks so great.

Posted November 25, 2015 by susna Benguerel

I LOVE this recipe, and respectfully offer up these adjustments which were very well received by our friends. 1. I substituted Jalapeño cheese(8oz) and Asiago (about same amount; both shaved and mixed) for the American cheese. 2. Suggest adding a little more diced jalapeño or red chili flakes 3. At LEAST five THICK CUT slices of bacon cooked very, very crispy so it crumbles easily and holds up to mixing. Everything else in the recipe is the same (round peasant loaf, delicious LOL butter, and Ranch dressing. This was a big hit and one I will serve again and again. Enjoy!

Posted November 11, 2015 by Candace

How much ranch seasoning?

Posted October 24, 2015 by Paula
Test Kitchen Comment
From: mallory
Hi Paula - this recipe calls for 1 teaspoon of ranch seasoning. If you click on the underlined recipe name in the blog, it will take you to the recipe where you can see exact recipe ingredient amounts.
Posted October 26, 2015

I haven't tried this but it sounds delicious

Posted October 05, 2015 by Janie

I'm Australian, so could you please explain the ranch mix to me so I can work out what to buy for this recipe as it sounds wonderful and super tasty

Posted September 17, 2015 by Stephanie
Test Kitchen Comment
From: mallory
Hi Stephanie! Great question. The ranch mix is a packet of dried seasoning, that is usually found in the grocery store by the bottled dressings. Hope this helps!
Posted September 18, 2015

I had to come up with something at the last minute and was out of ranch mix, so I subbed pesto mix, used queso cheese, and swapped out the jalapeño for red bell pepper. Oh, my goodness! The result was so amazing that we all started calling it crack bread! Four women made the entire loaf disappear in under two hours! I can't wait to play with this recipe again!

Posted July 17, 2015 by Debra
Test Kitchen Comment
From: mallory
Glad you enjoyed it, Debra! Let us know what you end up making next time.
Posted July 17, 2015

i made this loaf, baked it, and never used it that night, so I froze it. Any ideas how to reheat it without drying it up to much? Tks gloria

Posted April 08, 2015 by Gloria
Test Kitchen Comment
From: mallory
Hi Gloria, normally we wouldn't recommend this method because we haven't tested it, however, if you would like to try it we would suggest the following. Thaw the loaf overnight in the refrigerator and then reheat in the oven at 350 until completely heated through. If you do try, please let us know how it turns out for you!
Posted April 15, 2015

Hi, I'm new at the whole cooking thing, but I have a big family with many little ones who would absolutely love this fun-finger food, but they hate spicy things :( what would you recommend I put into the bread instead of jalapeños?

Posted March 26, 2015 by Nancy
Test Kitchen Comment
From: mallory
Hi Nancy! If the little ones aren't fans of spicy foods, you could just leave out the jalapenos all together. Enjoy!
Posted April 02, 2015

Let's see....GOOD, EASY, DELICIOUS... I'M IN !!!

Posted March 03, 2015 by Martha

Did you make it? Did you cut it when it was ready to be served or did you allow guests to cut what they wanted. Seems like it could be quite messy. Looks yummy though.

Posted January 30, 2015 by Amber

Would be easy to make and enjoy for the big game.

Posted January 29, 2015 by Peter

In I Would like to have the amounts of each ingredient used in this recipe please

Posted January 27, 2015 by Sallie
Test Kitchen Comment
From: mallory
Hi Sallie, if you clicked on the underlined recipe name in the blog, it will take you to the recipe which has amounts of each ingredient and the method of preparing listed. Enjoy!
Posted January 28, 2015

I've made one similar to this and it was easy and sooo tasty. Best eaten right out of oven so have plenty of people around.

Posted January 24, 2015 by MissSue
Test Kitchen Comment
From: mallory
Hi Sue, it definitely tastes best out of the oven and goes pretty quickly if there's a crowd around!
Posted January 26, 2015

I have try clicking to get the measurements in two different places, and I couldn't get it to come up. I would appreciate any help wit getting it. Thank you

Posted January 17, 2015 by Darlene
Test Kitchen Comment
From: mallory
Hi Darlene, if you click on the underlined recipe name in the blog post, it will take you to the recipe where you can find the amounts and directions. Hope this helps!
Posted January 21, 2015

Jalapeño pull apart bread

Posted December 22, 2014 by leeann

I used the whole package of Ranch seasoning accidently, but this is yummy. I took it to a party and there was barely a crumb left.

Posted December 18, 2014 by Marsha

This looks so good. I am looking for recipes for the grandkids first and foremost, but of cost the whole family will join in. My question is this, "do you cut it and serve it on a place"? Or are you seriously going to pull it off?

Posted December 14, 2014 by JAZZI
Test Kitchen Comment
From: cindy
The best way to serve this is to take 2 forks and pull out cut sections of the bread.
Posted December 22, 2014

This is great! The kind of recipe I love. You can vary it to fit your own needs. Perfect and so yummy. I never measure and love to use what I have in fridge. It was a last minute appetizer for thanksgiving. Everyone loved it and wanted the recipe. Only problem is I have to remember exactly what I put in it. Ha ha.

Posted November 27, 2014 by Denise

How much per each ingredient did you use? I am all about the measurements until I feel more comfortable making it.

Posted November 06, 2014 by Diana Ferner
Test Kitchen Comment
From: cindy
You can get the exact ingredient amounts if you click on the underlined name of the recipe within the blog itself. You will be taken to the recipe itself and then you can go back to the blog to read more about how to make the recipe.
Posted November 09, 2014

Will be trying this very soon,thank you.

Posted August 17, 2014 by Joy Durrington

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

Posted March 19, 2014 by ezubia
Test Kitchen Comment
From: 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 February 23, 2014 by Helene
Test Kitchen Comment
From: 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 January 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 September 16, 2013 by Beth
Test Kitchen Comment
From: 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 March 15, 2013 by Regina


Posted February 18, 2013 by E. J.

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

Posted February 14, 2013 by Rosemary
Test Kitchen Comment
From: 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 February 10, 2013 by Virginia
Test Kitchen Comment
From: 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 February 02, 2013 by Annie

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

Posted January 29, 2013 by Rhea
Test Kitchen Comment
From: 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 January 29, 2013 by liliana

Any comments on the best way to pull it apart?

Posted January 28, 2013 by Bill
Test Kitchen Comment
From: 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 January 28, 2013 by Larry
Test Kitchen Comment
From: 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


Posted January 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 January 24, 2013 by Rosie

This sounds absolutely delicious

Posted January 24, 2013 by Margaret

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

Posted January 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 January 23, 2013 by Mary

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

Posted January 23, 2013 by cheryl


Posted January 23, 2013 by NANCYLEE

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

Posted January 23, 2013 by Trish

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

Posted January 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 January 22, 2013 by lynn
Test Kitchen Comment
From: 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 January 22, 2013 by gail

Wonderful sounding, but where are the amounts???

Posted January 22, 2013 by Barbara
Test Kitchen Comment
From: 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 January 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 January 22, 2013 by Margery


Posted January 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 January 22, 2013 by Anita