This Cheesy Swiss Bacon Bread is a family favorite that my mom has been making since I was a kid. A large soft loaf of French bread is sliced and coated in seasoned butter and chives and the bread is baked with Swiss cheese between each slice and savory bacon right on top. The result is a cheesy, delicious pull-apart bread that’s easy enough for a simple family supper but impressive enough for company!
This is one of those dishes that everyone always asks Mom to bring when we have potlucks and family gatherings. It’s just that good!
A few things to keep in mind:
The recipe calls for a large soft loaf of French bread. This isn’t like crusty baguette. It’s the large soft bread – sometimes in the grocery store it’s also labelled as Italian bread. Other breads will work, too, but this is what I always use.
Mom’s recipe didn’t call for salted butter, but I think the salt adds some great flavor. Unsalted butter will work just fine, if that’s all you have.
The dried chives could be swapped out for Italian seasoning, fresh sliced green onions, basil, etc.
Using thinly sliced bacon means the bacon will cook through in the allotted time without the bread getting too dark. Thick-sliced bacon isn’t going to cook through as quickly.
If you still find the bacon not crisp to your liking, a few minutes under the broiler should do the trick – just watch it very carefully. I actually like to broil with the oven door open so I can see it. Just be cautious that some ovens will turn off the broiler when the door is open.
Not a fan of Swiss cheese? Swap it out for your favorite sliced cheese!
Cheesy Swiss Bacon Bread
- 1 (16-ounce) loaf soft french bread (not baguette)
- 1/2 cup salted butter, melted
- 2 teaspoons prepared yellow mustard
- 1 teaspoon dried chives
- 8 oz sliced Swiss cheese
- 5 to 6 slices thin bacon
- Preheat the oven to 400°F. Line a baking sheet with a slicone baking mat or several layers of parchment papaer or aluminum foil. (This helps to keep the bread from getting too dark on the bottom and makes cleanup easier.)
- In a small bowl, whisk together the butter, mustard, and chives. Set aside.
- Slice bread into about 16 1-inch pieces being cautious about not cutting all the way through the bottom of the bread.
- Place the bread on the prepared pan. Using a pastry brush or spoon, spread the butter mixture on both sides of each slice of bread.
- Cut Swiss cheese in half and place one piece in between each of the bread slices.
- Cut bacon strips in half and then cut each half in half lengthwise - giving you 4 pieces of bacon from each slice. Place a strip on top of each slice of bread.
- Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until the bacon is crisp and the cheese is melted.