Cheesy Bacon Monkey Bread

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Cheesy Bacon Monkey Bread

This appetizer is incredibly easy to make. It’s not gourmet, by any stretch of the imagination, but it leaves a lasting impression…

I recently had a few colleagues and their spouses over for a bit of food, a few drinks, and a game of Cards Against Humanity (horribly offensive, I don’t recommend it at all, especially if you don’t enjoy laughing and getting to know the raunchier side of your guests ūüėČ ¬† ). ¬†One colleague’s partner is American, so I thought I’d make a bunch of Grey Cup-style finger food! I found a few recipes for these types of bread, but here in Australia we don’t have some of the suggested ingredients. ¬†Instead, I picked my favourite stuff, and tossed it in!

Ingredients:

  • 1 round loaf of Italian/sour dough bread, any with hard crust
  • 2 strips aluminium foil
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 1/3 cup garlic aioli
  • 2/3 cup bacon, cooked & copped into small pieces
  • 3/4 cup aged cheddar, grated
  • 1/3 cup fresh basil
  • pinch salt

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Instructions:

Preheat oven to 350F/176C. Cut your bread into a grid, but not all the way through the bottom!  It needs to be held together (you know those battered, deep fried onion blooms? Think of that look).  Make a cross with your tin foil, and place your loaf on top.

In a medium sized bowl, mix your butter and garlic aioli together. Stir in all other ingredients **except the basil**.  Keep that for the end.

Spread the mixture evenly in the creases created when you cut the bread.  Wrap it in the tin foil, and pop it into the oven for 30 mins.  At this point, carefully peel back the tin foil, and bake for another 5-10 mins (when the top starts to look golden).  Remove from oven, and sprinkle basil over top.  Serve, and enjoy!

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