Recipe | Bloomin’ Bacon Cheddar Italian Pull-Apart Bread Appetizer

I’ve mentioned dozens (okay maybe hundreds) of times that potatoes are apart of almost every single one of our meals but I may not have mentioned that bread is too. It could be rolls, just a slice of Italian with some butter, garlic bread, whatever, bread, it’s there. I adore bread.

Plain, buttered, grilled, no matter how it presents itself on our table there is one way we eat bread that is by far the family favorite. It’s so loaded with flavor that it falls somewhere between appetizer and side dish, I’m not sure which. See ….

bloomin bacon cheddar bread bowl

You could even put this out at a get-together since it’s a pull-apart bread that is ridiculously easy to make. You just start with a big, round loaf of rustic Italian bread, or whichever kind you prefer. I’ve seen sourdough which sounds good too.

Then, you cut slices almost to the bottom of the bread and go back the other direction with slices so that it almost looks like one of those bloomin’ onion appetizers.

The fun part is filling this bread with flavor. You could use different herbs, oils, cheeses, maybe even veggies. Then bake it and serve. It’s that easy.

how to make bloomin bacon cheddar pull apart bread

Bloomin' Bacon Cheddar Italian Pull-Apart Bread Recipe
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Type: appetizer
Serves: 6+
  • 1 round loaf of Italian bread
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • ½ teaspoon garlic salt
  • ½ teaspoon dry basil
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese
  • ½ cup fried/baked and crumbled maple bacon (use real bacon)
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Melt butter in a small bowl and set aside to cool.
  3. Use a bread knife to cut the bread in a "tic-tac-toe" pattern without cutting through the bottom of the bread.
  4. Stir garlic salt and basil into butter and drizzle over the bread.
  5. Stuff all of the bread crevices with the cheese and bacon.
  6. Lightly wrap in aluminum foil and bake for 15 minutes.
  7. Serve warm.



  1. says

    Wow Cat! I have to make this for my bacon lover hubby. We also have bread and potatoes at almost every single dinner meal!

  2. Catherine P says

    Oh my word that looks so yummy and so full of bacony goodness!! !:)

  3. shy says

    This loods sooooo yummy I can’t wait to make it. My husband is going to love this!

  4. JerryS says

    I made these tonight and the whole family LOVED them!! Instead of one big one I made 4 smaller ones so we all had our own!! BIG HIT!!

  5. says

    I made these tonight and a HUGE hit!! Instead of one big one I made 4 smaller ones so we all had our own. Thanks!