Bacon Double Cheeseburger Pull Apart Bread

SERVES 8  |  ACTIVE TIME 25 Min  |  TOTAL TIME 1 Hours 20 Minutes

1 loaf of Sourdough bread
16 ounces crisp cooked bacon, diced
1 pound 93% lean ground beef
½ teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
1 teaspoon red chile paste  (I used Gourmet Garden)
1 teaspoon garlic paste (I used Gourmet Garden)
1 tablespoon spicy Montreal Steak Seasoning
8 ounces shredded cheddar cheese
8 ounces shredded white cheddar

Preheat oven to 350°F.  Prepare 2 sheets of aluminum foil to wrap bread in, overlap the foil so the bread will be completely covered.

In a medium skillet over medium high heat combine beef, pepper, chile, garlic and steak seasoning.  Cook until browned.  The fat should have absorbed, but if not drain on paper towels.

On a cutting board, slice bread in 3/4-inch intervals, being careful to not cut all the way through. Cut again, crosswise, not cutting all the way through.

Slide bread onto foil and stuff half of cheese between all cuts, then stuff beef between cuts.  Sprinkle loaf with remaining cheese and bacon.

Wrap foil around bread snuggly and bake for 35-45 minutes (until cheese inside starts to melt; uncover and bake 15 minutes more or until cheese is bubbly. Serve hot.  Enjoy!

Recipe developed by Donna Elick - The Slow Roasted Italian
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