I have been doing this Cheese and Bacon Fondue for many years. I found the original recipe in a regular local magazine and of course have altered it slightly to accommodate my tastes and preferences 🙂 .
If you are ever wanting a carb overload…. if you are craving the ultimate deliciousness of cheese…. if you are a cheese addict, like me (hello my name is Lynne, and I am a cheese addict)…. Cheese and Bacon Fondue is calling your name.
This Fondue takes comfort food to the next level of comfort, and trust me, your stomach will be so pleased you filled it with all that gorgeousness of silky smooth, gooey, undeniably delicious cheese, and bacon scrumptiousness. (Is that even a word? but you know what I mean)
This is a rich dish, I am not going to lie, but man, it is good. I for one, just have to treat myself and my family to this every now and then. And, I know it is loaded with cheese, but seriously you don’t have to eat the whole loaf of bread with the fondue in it….. you could share…..Just saying 🙂
Cheese and Bacon Fondue
Preparation time: 15 – 20 minutes
Cooking time: 35 minutes
Total time: 50 – 55 minutes
Serves 2-4 depending on size of bread and of course how hungry you are 🙂
1 loaf of bread (I used a continental loaf)
500 gram bacon, chopped
500 gram cheese, grated (I used a combination of matured cheddar and white cheddar)
500 gram sour cream at room temperature
125 – 175 millilitres chopped or diced green pepper
125 – 175 millilitres finely chopped onion
a little extra virgin olive oil for basting
Preheat the oven to 180 degrees Celsius/350 degrees Fahrenheit
To prepare the bread, cut a few centimeters in, from the top of the bread, and cut all the way around to form a lid. Now hollow out the bread. Cut or break the hollowed out bread into large pieces and set aside.
Cook the bacon, your preferred way until crisp and set aside. Any bacon juices, do not discard, put aside.
Now, with the bacon juices, baste the inside of the bread, and the sides. Also baste the broken up pieces from the bread you hollowed out (if you are going to crisp those up for dunking). If you do not have sufficient bacon juices, I suggest you add a little extra virgin olive oil.
Place bread (and the bread pieces, if wanting crispy) on a baking tray and place in the preheated oven for about 15/20 minutes. Then remove.
In the meanwhile in a large bowl add the grated cheese, peppers, onions, bacon and sour cream. Mix with a metal tablespoon until combined nicely.
This part is optional, I prefer to do this to allow my filling to be hot. Even though the fondue does go into the oven, personally I find it is just not hot enough when it comes out the oven. Leaving it in the oven for a longer period of time, only ends up over doing the actual bread part…so, I place the cheese mixture into the microwave and heat through, keep checking, till it is hot. You will find that the mixture thins out a little. Once heated through, remove from microwave oven.
Now spoon the heated cheese mixture into the bread and place in the preheated oven for about 20 minutes until the bread bowl in golden.
Serve with the crispy bread pieces.