Rereading these words on the recipe “Serve warm or cold,” made me laugh. There’s zero chance that this fantastic appetizer could be served cold. Go ahead and try taking a crispy loaf of Bloomin’ Onion Bread out of the oven and see how long it lasts. Chances are good that it will be devoured before the green onions can finish their descent on the oozing cheese. It’s so good that it disappears right before your eyes – a sure sign of a winning recipe!
Bloomin’ Onion Bread
Recipe adapted from Buns In My Oven
1 round loaf of sourdough bread, unsliced
12-16 ounces thinly sliced Monterey Jack Cheese
1/2 cup butter, melted
1/2 cup finely diced green onions
1 teaspoon garlic powder
4 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. Cut the bread lengthwise in rows about one-inch apart without cutting through the bottom. Turn the bread and repeat to create a grid-like pattern. This can be challenging, but just hold the bread together with your other hand as you slice across your first cuts. You should end up with little cubes of bread still attached to the bottom.
3. Place loaf on a parchment-lined baking sheet.
4. Insert cheese slices between the cuts of bread. Fill in the spaces as much as possible.
4. Combine melted butter, green onions, garlic powder and Parmesan cheese.
5. Pour evenly over bread.
6. Cover the bread with foil and bake for 15 minutes first. Uncover the bread and bake 10 minutes longer.
7. Serve warm or cold.
1. For best results use a good quality, rustic, sourdough round.
2. I used at least 16 ounces of sliced cheese. I stacked the slices and then cut them into 6ths. I put two slices in between each cut, starting at one end and working to the opposite end. I then turned the loaf around and put 2 slices in each cut going crosswise.
3. Instead of pouring the butter-onion-cheese mixture over the loaf, I spooned it into the crevices around each cube for better distribution.
4. I sprinkled a light dusting of Parmesan cheese over the loaf before putting it in the oven.
5. This recipe is very versatile. Experiment with cheeses or toppings. What about sprinkling bacon bits over it? What about using brie? Have fun and let your imagination go wild!