A bowl of cheese
This is not a recipe to win friends. It’s not a recipe to make when you’re trying to impress people. It’s not a recipe to make if you’re actively trying to not get fat.
It’s a recipe for close friends. Friends you don’t mind sharing cheese with. It’s a recipe for comfort food.
Like a Friday night when you have a cold and you have friends coming for dinner.
Also, if you have friends coming for dinner…this could totally fill them up and leave them unable to eat dinner. Until 10pm when you kind of force it down them, and then send them home with half the dessert cos they’re too full to eat it. Yeah.
I can’t remember where I got this recipe from, but I think it’s from a mate in Wellington.
Before Friday night, I hadn’t made it for about 3.5 years. I’m not going to let it go that long again.
I used to make it for big important events, like when your flatmates get together to watch the Greys Anatomy final. I’m pretty sure I paired this with rosebuds. Which is totally not a combination but it totally worked if you don’t mind clashing tastes.
It’s a throwback from the 80’s or something. It’s delicious.
Cheese in a bowl (of bread!)
I totally didn’t mention that bit did I? The bread is the bowl! WIN!
1 cobb loaf or big thing of bread
1 packet onion soup mix
250g cream cheese
2 cups grated cheese
3-4 rashers of bacon
Preheat your oven to 180 degrees celcius. I used fan bake, cos that’s how I roll.
Cut the top off the bread and hollow out the inside, making sure to leave enough of a crust so that your fillings won’t ooze out! Cut up the bread you’ve scooped out and the top, and set aside.
Cut up the bacon and fry until cooked. Don’t eat it just yet (ok, maybe one piece but don’t say I said you could!)
Put the cream cheese in a microwave safe bowl, and microwave for about 1 minute on 80% power, just to soften it up. Add the cheese, bacon, cream and onion soup mix and combine.
Pour into the bread bowl! Put in the oven for about half an hour, stirring occasionally. In the last 5 minutes add the bread you’ve scooped out.
Take out, and serve!
The best bit is when you finish the scooped out bread and start attacking the bowl itself!