Culinary Delight #4: Bloomin’ Onion Cheese Bread

I made this a while ago, and Chuck approved to the point of requesting it again for the Superbowl. It was a little tricky, but easier the second time around. It was a huge hit all ‘round as a football party appetizer. Recipe below!

Bloomin’ Onion Cheese Bread

1 unsliced loaf sourdough bread (French bread is good too)

12-16 ounces Monterey Jack cheese, thinly sliced

1/2 cup butter, melted

1/2 cup finely diced green onion

2 teaspoons poppy seeds

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Cut the bread lengthwise and widthwise without cutting through the bottom crust. This can be a little tricky going the second way, but the bread is very forgiving.

Place on a foil-lined baking sheet. Insert cheese slices between cuts (I used a plastic spatula to help hold the cuts apart.) Combine butter, onion, and poppy seeds. Drizzle over bread, and top with a little black pepper, if desired. Wrap in foil; place on a baking sheet. Bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes.

Unwrap the bread and bake 10 more minutes, or until cheese is melted.

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