Pull A-Part Party Loaf
1 (16-18 oz.) round Italian, sourdough or Hawaiian bread
1/4 C Land O Lakes butter, melted
1 t dry ranch dressing mix
1/2 C (about 5 slices) thick cut bacon
1/4 C jarred jalapeno peppers, chopped
10 slices ( 3/4 oz.) Land O Lakes Deli American cheese, chopped
2 t chopped fresh parsley, if desired.
Heat oven to 350°F. Place two (24-inch) pieces aluminum foil, crossing one over the other, on flat surface.
Cut bread, using serrated knife, in grid pattern, spacing about 1-inch between rows. Do not cut through bottom crust. Set aside.
Combine melted butter and ranch dressing in medium bowl. Add all remaining ingredients except parsley; mix well. Place loaf in center of aluminum foil pieces. Spoon cheese mixture into cut areas of bread. Wrap foil
loosely around bread. Place onto ungreased baking sheet. Bake 30 minutes. Pull back foil; continue baking 5-10 minutes or until loaf is golden brown and cheese is melted. Sprinkle with parsley, if desired. Serve immediately.
Pull out individual bread pieces, using tongs or 2 forks and reaching down into loaf to include filling and bread.