Super cheesy spinach and bacon cob loaf recipe - The Community Leader and Real Estate New and Views

This is a super-cheesy dish, but in a good way! If you’re hosting a hungry crowd, you can’t beat a baked cob loaf. This all-in-one dip and bread delight is simple to make and easy to serve.


For the cob loaf:

  • 1 round cob loaf (sourdough or white)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

For the filling:

  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 cup bacon, chopped
  • 1 cup frozen spinach, thawed and drained
  • 1 cup grated mozzarella cheese
  • 1 cup grated cheddar cheese
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 2 large garlic gloves, minced 
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. 1. Preheat your oven to 180°C.
  2. 2. Heat a non-stick frying pan over medium heat, add the olive oil, and fry the bacon until crispy. Remove from the pan and let the bacon cool. 
  3. 3. Using a small serrated bread knife, cut a circular hole in the top of the cob loaf to create a bread lid. Set the lid aside. 
  4. 4. Hollow out the centre of your loaf by removing chunks of bread, leaving a thick crust around the edges. Keep the bread you removed for serving with the dip later. Take a step back, and admire your craftsmanship.
  5. 5. In a large bowl, combine the chopped cooked bacon, thawed and drained spinach, mozzarella cheese, cheddar cheese, mayonnaise, sour cream, minced garlic, onion powder, salt and pepper. Mix until it’s thoroughly combined.
  6. 6. Brush the inside of the hollowed-out cob loaf with olive oil and spoon the filling mixture inside the loaf.
  7. 7. Place the filled cob loaf on a baking sheet and put the bread lid back on top of the loaf. Bake for 20 minutes, or until the cheese is melted and bubbling.
  8. 8.  Remove from the oven. Tear the crunchy bread lid into smaller pieces and serve alongside the reserved bread from step 4.

Hot tip: Mozzarella and cheddar cheese can be substituted with any kind of cheese that melts well – such as Gruyere or Emmental – and you can add vegetables such as chopped broccoli or finely diced capsicum, and garnish with herbs like chives or parsley.

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