From prawn cocktails to vol-au-vents, 70s dinner party favourites are all the rage again. And what could be more fabulously retro than a dip-stuffed cob loaf?
What’s more, a cob loaf dip is a simple but impressive appetiser to serve when you have guests over for dinner.
Everyone can tuck in which makes it a sociable meal and a bit of an icebreaker.
You can also serve a cob loaf dip as part of a buffet, or individual portions in smaller cob rolls.
This creamy bacon and spinach cob loaf dip recipe is a real crowd pleaser. Keep reading to find out how to make it.
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What Do You Need?
This recipe is simple but delicious. To make the dip you will need a large frying pan and a mixing bowl.
You will also need a baking tray and some parchment paper to cook the cob loaf.
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How Can You Customise This Recipe?
There are some great ways that you can adapt this recipe to make it your own.
- Cheese – This recipe uses mozzarella cheese, but you can use whatever cheese you like. You might prefer a tangy cheddar, a creamy brie or a punchy blue cheese. You could use a combination of cheeses to create a really intense flavour.
- Bacon – The bacon adds a lovely, saltiness to this recipe. You could replace the bacon with chorizo if you want more warmth and a mediterranean flavour. You could also leave the bacon out entirely if you want this to be a vegetarian meal.
- Meat – You can add more meat into this recipe if you want to. Alternatively, it would work well with crab meat or some shrimp. It is also a great way to use up shredded chicken.
- Vegetables – baby spinach works really well in this recipe, but you could also use baby kale or any other soft greens. You could even use broccoli if you chop it up small enough.
- Garnish – If you want to make this dip look even more appetising than you can garnish it. You could try some fresh parsley or a few fresh basil leaves. You could keep aside a few pieces of crispy bacon to sprinkle on the top, or even add a layer of melted cheese.
- Dipping items – You can dip lots of different things in a cob loaf, not just bread. You could use slices of apple, sticks of celery or carrot, bread sticks, or even chunks of grilled meat.
Other Ideas For Cob Loaf Dip
Once you have made one cob loaf dip, you will want to keep making them! Here are some more ideas for cob loaf dips you could try.
- Tomato and Mascarpone cob loaf dip – You could make a dip from chopped tomatoes and creamy mascarpone cheese, flavoured with fresh basil and garlic. You can add onions, olives, and even some shredded chicken.
- Pizza cob loaf dip – take a basic passata and jazz it up with some garlic and herbs, then add whatever toppings you would usually use on a pizza – pepperoni, olives, mushrooms – top with melted cheese and bake in the oven for a tasty pizza cob loaf dip.
- Greek cob loaf dip – you don’t have to cook all cob loaf dips. If you remove the lid and the bread and bake the cob loaf when it is empty, you can fill it up with a cold dip like a Greek tzatziki.
- Creamed corn cob loaf – it is really easy to make creamed corn by heating tinned sweetcorn in double cream, semi-blitzing it and then seasoning with salt and pepper. You can also use some bacon lardons if you want to add some saltiness.
- Smoked salmon and chilli cob loaf dip – Sweet chilli and smoked salmon go really well together, and you can combine these flavours along with a creamy sauce to create a delicious cob loaf dip.
- Brie and cranberry cob – This one is so simple! Slice a wheel of brie in half (into two thinner circles, not to semi-circles). Place the bottom one inside the cob loaf, then spread a layer of cranberry sauce over the top. Place the second circle on top so that you have reformed the brie wheel with a cranberry centre. Bake the cob until the brie has melted. Honestly, it’s one of our favourites!
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