Easy Jalapeno Bacon Cheese Bread

Say hello to mindlessly easy comfort food that’s guaranteed to be a hit.

It’s ready in less than 30 minutes with extremely minimal effort on your part. The best kind of recipe.

Set the bread out at a party, event, game day celebration, or as a weeknight side for your family and you’ll look like a superstar.

It’s super cheesy from both mozzarella and cream cheese, there’s bacon which makes everything better, a touch of garlic to add flavor, and sliced jalapeno peppers for some slight heat.

If the crowd you’re making it for doesn’t like jalapenos or wants more or less garlic or bacon than I used, feel free to omit, adapt, and adjust the recipe based on your taste preferences.

For my family and friends the recipe was perfect because it was devoured at a recent party I hosted.

Easy Jalapeno Bacon Cheese Bread

Say hello to mindlessly easy comfort food that’s guaranteed to be a hit. It’s ready in less than 25 minutes with extremely minimal effort on your part. Set the bread out at a party, event, game day celebration, or as a weeknight side for your family and you’ll look like a superstar. It’s super cheesy from both mozzarella and cream cheese, there’s bacon which makes everything better, a touch of garlic to add flavor, and sliced jalapeno peppers for some slight heat. Feel free to omit, adapt, and adjust the add-ins based on your taste preferences.

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Ingredients:

  • 8 ounces cream cheese (lite is okay), very soft
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter (half of 1 stick) , very soft
  • 2 cups (about 8 ounces) shredded mozzarella cheese (monterey jack, fontina, or another easy-melting cheese may be substituted)
  • 1/2 cup cooked and diced bacon (from about 8 strips)
  • 1/4 cup jalapeno peppers, diced with about 6 rounds reserved for garnishing (from about 1 small jalapeno)
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder, or to taste (1 to 2 finely minced garlic cloves may be substituted)
  • 1 loaf French bread, sliced lengthwise (you will only use 1 of the halves for the recipe)

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 375F. Line a baking sheet with a Silpat or with aluminum foil for easier cleanup; set aside.
  2. To a large bowl, add the cream cheese, butter, and whisk to combine until smooth.
  3. Add the cheese, bacon, jalapenos, garlic, and stir to incorporate.
  4. Spread the mixture evenly over the one half of bread (Note – I used an average grocery store bakery loaf of French bread, about 1 pound, and the filling nicely covered one half in a fairly thick layer. Save the other half for French Toast MuffinsCinnamon-Sugar Streusel Baked French Toast, etc. If the loaf you use is smaller, you may be able to coat both halves, but make sure to watch and make any necessary adjustments to baking time.) Bake for about 25 to 30 minutes or until cheese is melted, bubbly, and as golden as desired. Because all bread and cheese varies, watch bread closely so it doesn’t burn. Garnish with reserved jalapeno rounds and serve immediately. Bread is best warm and fresh.
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