Bread Bowl Tips and Cheese Dips

Bread bowls are a great way to serve hot cheese dips. Any dome-shaped bread makes the perfect bread bowl. Most bakeries will have sourdough bread in round loaves.

It’s easy to make the bowl but be careful not to puncture or tear the bottom or sides when carving it out. If you do accidentally cut through, try pushing some of the bread into the hole. Try to plug it.

If you are adventurous, try baking your bread bowls. The reward is delicious, but it does take some effort. Here instructions on how to make homemade bread bowls from scratch.

Brie cheese melts down into a delicious savory dip. Over medium heat melt one wheel of brie. Most grocery stores sell it in 12-ounce packages. Stir in ½ cup shredded mozzarella for a stronger brie flavored dip. If you want a milder cheese dip, use ¾ cup mozzarella. The cheese adds enough salty favor, so you shouldn’t need to add any extra salt. Add a 1/4 teaspoon each of garlic powder, oregano, and basil. These spices will make it taste like an Italian treat

Making fresh broccoli cheddar dip for your cheese bowls takes a little time, but making the sauce with the fresh vegetable makes a big difference in the flavor.

Chop up one head of broccoli. The measurements do not have to exact. Little extra broccoli or a few fewer florets will not alter the taste. Cook the chopped broccoli in boiling water for about two minutes then drain. Over medium heat, melt 2 cups shredded medium cheddar and ¼ cup cream; add the broccoli. If the dip is too thick, add a teaspoon of cream. If it is too thin, melt some more shredded cheddar into it.

These are two very different cheese dips. One takes a little more time, but they both pair great with bread bowls.