A crowd pleaser to say the least, not your traditional afternoon tea fare but goes down quicker than anything else at any occasion.
2 cob loaves
250g (1 packet) Philadelphia cream cheese, room temperature
300g sour cream
250g bacon, 1 cm dice
1 brown onion, finely sliced
Handful of grated cheese
Preheat the oven to 180’C. In a large bowl place cream cheese and sour cream. In a hot frying pan, fry off bacon until golden and pour over cheese and cream mixture, fry off onions in the same pan until translucent, pour over cheese and cream. Stir until combined. On a large baking tray place one cob loaf whole and cut the other into small pieces about 2cmx5cm. In the whole cob loaf cut a circle in the top and remove, then pull out bread to create a “bread bowl”, making sure you leave enough bread to stop it from collapsing. Pour filling inside, sprinkle cheese over the top and bake in the oven for about 15 minutes or until bread pieces are crispy and the filling is warmed through. Serve on a large platter with bread around to dip. Serves 5-10 as a nibbley.
I remember the first time I tried cob loaf dip, my mind was blown, I think I was about 13, dip inside bread with extra bread, what an amazing idea! This recipe is the only one I use but you can make it with a French onion filling or any other combination you can think of. I have been making this for about 3 years now, without fail every time (except for the blistering burn I got last year, but that was my fault) and it is always the first thing to go and the first thing requested whenever we have people over.
If you can’t get 2 cob loaves you can always use a french stick or something similar for the extra dipping bread. Cob loaves are available from most Woolworths and Baker’s Delights but they do sell out quickly (I assume to other people also enjoying amazing dip) so if you want to make one, go to the shops first thing to get the bread. I have made it in a vienna loaf before however I don’t think it works as well because the sides aren’t as high.
Sick of the usual chips and dips and a bowl of nuts at your gatherings, whip up a cob loaf and watch it disappear before your eyes!