Cheddar Bacon Jalapeno Baked Cheese Dip in Bread Bowl: Crusty sourdough bread stuffed with a creamy cheddar cheese, bacon, and jalapenos, and topped with extra goodness for a delicious, easy appetizer that is beautiful and a crowd pleaser.
Have I ever told you guys about my family? I am not talking about my kids and husband. But my extended family?
Well, I come from a family of 10 children. Yep 10. Not a typo. I am second oldest, and have 9 siblings. There are 6 girls, and 4 boys. And of course my parents. We are all from the same parents, and same marriage. And believe it or not, we actually all get along. Most of the time. We also all live pretty close to each other, with the exception of one sister who lives out of state.
Well here is the thing, in addition to the 12 of us, we now have 6 spouses. Yep, 6 of us are married. Making 16 “kids”. Oh and did I mention that all 6 of us married kids have kids of our own? Yeah. I have 4. 3 of my sisters have 3 each. 1 of my sisters has 1 with another on the way. And my brother has 1. So there are 15 grandkids, soon to be 16. Do you see where this is going?
It is heading toward the fact that when we get together, whether it is for a random hang out, or to celebrate a special occasion or holiday, there are a lot of us. 34 of us. Not to mention the boyfriends or girlfriends of the unmarried siblings. And the friends. We have a tendency to collect people.
So to say the average family gathering is pushing 40 people would not be an understatement. Especially if we invite my Grandma or any of my local aunts and uncles, or cousins to join us.
Because of my personality type, my home, and my general organizational skills, most of our family gatherings happen at my house. And let me tell you, feeding this kind of crowd takes a little planning. One of my favorite things to do is making easy appetizers that I can prep ahead so that all I have to do is pull them out, and everyone can munch and mingle while the main course gets finished up.
And this Cheddar, Bacon, Jalapeno Bread Boat is a real winner for this kind of gathering. This could not be any easier, and is seriously fun when it comes to an appetizer.
Basically, I make my favorite easy cheese sauce, stir in some fun ingredients, stuff it all into a loaf of sourdough, wrap it in foil, and put it in the fridge until just before the gathering. Then I can just bake it up and serve it with all kinds of things from chips to fresh veggies, to bread.
And it is super easy to customize, I can add extra jalapenos for those who like it hot, or scale way back for the kids who prefer things a little milder.
Truthfully, it is such a yummy cheese dip that I often make it just for fun for myself. No party with the crowds needed as an excuse for this one.
I loved that this recipe is simple, classic, has great flavor, and is nice enough for company, but easy enough for everyday.
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