Bacon Ranch Cheesy Bread Recipe

There are few words more mouth-watering and indulgent than "bacon," "ranch," "cheese," and "bread." Combine these four words into a single food and you have a side-dish or snack that you'll want seconds of. Recipe developer Jaime Shelbert of Wholly Nourished has managed to combine these four ingredients into a magical dish that can be served with practically any meal, whether you're hosing a party, or you want something to munch on while watching the big game.

Even more, the homemade ranch in this recipe is healthier and tastier than standard store-bought ranch dressing. "I use Greek yogurt in this recipe to give that buttermilk flavor typical of ranch dressing," explains Shelbert.

Now it's time to put together this wonderful and versatile treat that sticks to the bones and will likely become your favorite bread dish to serve your ravenous friends and family. And hey, don't be afraid to get creative and add some extra toppings. Sliced grilled chicken or olives would complement the flavors well. 

Gather the ingredients for bacon ranch cheesy bread

There are a few obvious ingredients you'll need: bacon, cheese, and bread. For this recipe you'll use shredded mozzarella (although you can sub in some cheddar, if you'd like) and a loaf of French bread. "I used mozzarella cheese here because of its excellent melting capacity," explains Shelbert.

To make your homemade ranch seasoning, you'll need dried parsley, onion flakes, garlic powder, onion powder, salt, and dill weed. And to turn the seasoning into a hearty spread, pick up a stick of butter and a container of plain Greek yogurt. "The Greek yogurt, while plain, can be either full fat or reduced fat," Shelbert explains.

Finally, if you want to give your finished snack a little added color, you'll want to grab the optional green onions to slice and sprinkle on top. 

Make the Ranch

Start by preheating the oven to 375 F, then get to work on making the homemade ranch. 

Pour the parsley, onion flakes, garlic powder, dill weed, onion powder, and salt into a small bowl. Mix well to combine these spices thoroughly. Then, in another bowl mix together the butter and Greek yogurt before stirring in the ranch seasoning. "You do not melt the butter for this recipe," adds Shelbert, "rather, you use softened, room temperature butter." You've now made a hearty ranch dressing spread.

Prep the bread and cook the bacon

Chop the bacon into small, rough pieces and cook it until it's crispy. While it's cooking, slice through the French bread horizontally. Place the two pieces on a baking sheet, cut side up. 

Decorate the French bread

Now that all your toppings are ready to go, start by spreading the bread with the special homemade butter ranch. "A spatula works great here for spreading the ranch butter," Shelbert suggests. Try to make it even, covering the whole surface. 

Then, split the bacon evenly and sprinkle it over the two pieces. Finally, add 1 cup of the cheese to each half of the bread. While Shelbert chose mozzarella for its meltability, she explains "you can certainly use a mild cheddar or other favorite cheese for a portion of the 2 cups in this recipe."

Bake your bacon ranch cheesy bread

Bake the bread in the preheated oven for 8 minutes. Switch it to broil and cook for another 1-2 minutes, until the cheese is golden and bubbly. Then, take the bread out and let it cool slightly. Shelbert suggests, "letting the bread cool for about 5 minutes prior to cutting." Once cool enough, slice it and serve it with the green onions on top as an optional treat. "Chives work well also," Shelbert adds. 

Bacon Ranch Cheesy Bread Recipe
4.9 from 12 ratings
When you want to satisfy all your cheesy, salty, bacon cravings, look no further than this simple recipe for bacon ranch cheesy bread.
Prep Time
15
minutes
Cook Time
10
minutes
Servings
8
servings
sliced bacon ranch cheesy bread
Total time: 25 minutes
Ingredients
  • ½ tablespoon dried parsley
  • ½ tablespoon minced onion flakes
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon dill weed
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 2 tablespoons plain Greek yogurt
  • 16-ounce loaf French bread
  • 4 slices bacon, cooked crispy
  • 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
Optional Ingredients
  • sliced green onions, for topping
Directions
  1. Preheat oven to 375 F.
  2. Make the homemade ranch seasoning by combining the parsley, onion flakes, garlic powder, dill weed, onion powder, and salt in a small bowl.
  3. Mix the butter, Greek yogurt, and ranch seasoning in another small bowl. Stir until well-combined.
  4. Slice the loaf of French bread in half horizontally. Place the loaf on a baking sheet with the cut sides facing up.
  5. Roughly chop the crispy bacon into small pieces.
  6. Spread the ranch butter mixture onto both slices of French bread, covering the entire surface evenly.
  7. Sprinkle the bread with the bacon crumbles, then add 1 cup of the cheese to each half of the bread.
  8. Bake the bread in the preheated oven for 8 minutes. Switch the oven to broil and broil for 1-2 minutes, until the cheese is golden and bubbly.
  9. Cool slightly, then slice and serve. Top with green onions, if desired.
Nutrition
Calories per Serving 529
Total Fat 34.9 g
Saturated Fat 19.8 g
Trans Fat 0.5 g
Cholesterol 98.5 mg
Total Carbohydrates 31.7 g
Dietary Fiber 1.3 g
Total Sugars 3.6 g
Sodium 903.0 mg
Protein 22.5 g
The information shown is Edamam’s estimate based on available ingredients and preparation. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.
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