Tobins' Tastes: Nancy Jane's Swiss Cheese Bread Dip

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Nancy Jane's Swiss Cheese Bread Dip

You aren't going to like me very much after you read this post. You will curse me for introducing you to this dangerously delicious appetizer. You will wonder how you ever threw a party without it. You will judge yourself a little bit when you combine mayo, cheese and cream cheese and serve it in a loaf of bread surrounded by more bread but once you taste this, you will forget all rules of proper food decorum.

This is a recipe that comes from my pseudo-aunt Nancy Jane. It's a long story but to sum it up: she is my mom's best friend who ended up marrying my uncle's wife's brother. Confused? Don't worry, everyone is. Our relationship notwithstanding,  she makes this decadent little number at all her parties. My mom and "real" aunts stole her recipe and we now make it for every major event we have.

No matter how dignified or classy your get together is, I promise you people will lose their minds when you take this dish out of the oven. Full grown adults, doctors, lawyers, CEO's will act like crazed vultures around this dip. People who wouldn't be caught dead using the wrong fork at a dinner party will rip into this with their bare hands.

Get it while it's hot!
 Once the gooey, hot cheese mixture has been scraped from the bottom of the bread bowl, guests will circle the empty loaf, eying each other wondering who will be the first one to crack. Who will be the brave soul to take that first embarrassing leap and tear into the empty bread bowl?

Without fail, someone will do it. I have never served this without it eventually being torn to shreds,  reheated, cut up and basically devoured until there was not a crumb left. And there is no shame in that. It's so good, you won't even feel guilty about it.

On a side note: I know what you are thinking. You are thinking you could substitute low fat versions of the cheeses, or use Miracle Whip or low fat mayo. I have tried them all. And the verdict is loud and clear. This dish isn't meant to be "better for you".

Every time I have  tried a lower fat or healthier substitution the dish has not turned out right. The cheese doesn't melt the right way, its not the right consistency and many times it has just turned out plain gross. You can always try it (and I would love to hear if you can make it work) but for me there just isn't a good alternative : )

Nancy Jane's Swiss Cheese Bread Dip
  • 2 cups shredded Swiss cheese
  • 8oz of cream cheese
  • 1 cup of "real" mayonnaise
  • 1 round loaf of White Mountain Bread 
  • Another loaf of White Mountain Bread (any size) to cut up for dipping
1.) Let the first three ingredients come to room temperature (especially the cream cheese). Mix them all together until thoroughly combined.

It's not pretty, I know.
 2.) Cut the center out of your round loaf of White Mountain bread. It should resemble a large bread bowl from Panera. You may need to use your hands to pull out some of the excess bread. Set the cut out piece of bread aside for later.

3.) Fill the center of the bread bowl with the cheese mixture. Bake on a cookie sheet at 400 degrees for about 30 minutes or until the dip is golden brown on top. If the bread starts to burn or brown too much you can always cover it with tin foil while it finishes cooking.

4.) While the dip is in the oven, cut your left over bread pieces and the second loaf of bread up into bite sized pieces.

All cut up.
5.) When the dip has 5-10 minutes left in the oven, take out the baking sheet and spread the bite sized bread pieces out on the tray, return it to the oven and toast them for the remaining time.

6.) One the dipping pieces are nice and toasted, remove tray from the oven and serve warm. You can also serve this with crackers or cut up veggies in place of the bread pieces too.


Make sure you stop by this week's Mealtime Monday and link up any amazing recipes you have been working on lately.

***Depending on the day this post may be linked up to any of these fabulous linky parties.***


  1. Best blog yet! Can't believe you gave away this family secret!

  2. This looks amazing! I can't wait to make this!

  3. Yum! This looks delicious! I'm going to make this for my next family get together or party! Thanks for sharing.

    Stopping by from the Friends-Day Hop!

  4. OH MY... I have a party to go to this Saturday... I might have to bring this along! Thanks for sharing your recipe!

  5. That looks AMAZING!!! Yum!! I am totally going to be making this for my hubby! Thank you so much for sharing at Thursday's Temptation.

  6. I love cheese! This looks awesome! Thanks for sharing at the Pomp Party! Pinning to our Pomp Party board!

    Jill @ Create.Craft.Love.

  7. Oh my goodness, who doesn't LOVE cheese dip! Thanks so much for linking up to Creative Thursday this week. Have a wonderful weekend.


  8. Dear Kaylee!!!
    I am your new best friend, LOL!!!
    I could not even finish this post to become a follower!!!!
    I absolutely love people that enjoy real food!!!
    You are a great writer!
    Just found you on Dwell on Joy party!

  9. Oh Yum!!! This looks amazing!
    Thank you for sharing.

  10. You had me at cheese dip. This looks outstanding!! I am making this at my next party!

  11. Dear Kaylee!
    Found you again at Bringing Beauty party, and read the post out loud to my husband!
    We will try this for sure!

  12. OMG my mouth is watering as I read this post!! That looks soooooooo delicious....

  13. What a wonderful cheese dip.

  14. This looks wonderful. I would love you to link up at The Gathering Spot today. Have a wonderful week.

  15. Thanks for linking up! This looks wonderful!

  16. Oh my cheesey and bread filled goodness! I am trying to think of the next party we are hacing so I can make this! I would love it if you would share this on my linky party - Tout It Tuesday.

  17. Umm, looks yummy! Two of my favorite foods combined - cheese and bread. Why must everything that tastes sooo good be NOT so good for you?

    Thanks for linking to Time Travel Thursday. Hope you'll join the fun each week. And I would love to have you list the party in your linky party list. ;)

    Liz @ The Brambleberry Cottage

  18. This looks amazing! Thanks so much for sharing at Mix it up Monday :)

  19. Yum! I saw you at A Bowl Full Of Lemons, and wanted to invite you to link up at

  20. Oh yum! Seriously, can I just come over for a bite?! Thanks for linking up to Titus 2 Tuesday.


  21. That does look "dangerous". With those ingredients, it's got to be good. Thanks for sharing at Terrific Tuesdays.

  22. mmm Yum! This just looks so good! I'd get into trouble with this, I love cheese a little too much lol. Thanks for sharing at Sunday Round Up!
    -Kayla :)

  23. Yum yum and yum! We use a lot of Swiss cheese in France.
    Link to the French party on Monday?
    My readers would love it!

  24. New follower on GFC, follow back?

  25. My partner loves toasted cheese so I made him this (in a smaller size, an individual portion) for his birthday supper. He *loved* it. I did adjust it slightly, using less cream cheese and less than half the mayonnaise, but using more cheese (a strong, sharp Somerset cheddar) and it still worked brilliantly.

    Thank you so much for such a brilliant recipe idea - it quite made his day.

  26. Kaylee, this dip looks absolutely incredible and I love the way it's made and served in the bread bowl. Spotlighting your post on my Facebook page today.

    Jenn/Rook No. 17

  27. This iwll be another hit at the Super Bowl Party. Thanks for bringing it over.

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