Blooming Bacon Cheddar Ranch Bread. This has the trifecta of good – bacon, cheese and bread!

1 firm round loaf of bread such as sourdough
5 strips bacon, cooked and diced
1/2 c to 1 c (live a little!) shredded sharp cheddar cheese
6 tbsp butter, melted
4 tsp ranch seasoning mix
Marinara sauce

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Using a sharp, serrated knife, cut the bread lengthwise in rows about 1 inch apart. Turn the bread 90 degrees and repeat to create cubes, holding the bread down with your other hand as you cut. Make the cuts as deep as you can but don’t cut all the way through the bottom.

In a small bowl, combine the melted butter and ranch seasoning mix.

Carefully insert the cooked bacon and cheese between each bread cube. Drizzle the seasoned butter in between the crevices and all over the loaf.

Wrap the loaf with tin foil and bake on a baking sheet for 10 minutes. Carefully unwrap the foil and bake uncovered for another 15 minutes.

Allow to cool slightly before serving. Serve with marinara sauce, if desired.