I always love a good challenge. Especially when it’s a challenge in the kitchen. That is why when I was contacted by Sargento to participate in their Chopped At Home Challenge, I was all for it. Especially since this challenge included bacon and kale. It didn’t take long for me to decide that I’d be making a cheese bread. A Bacon and Kale Cheese Bread to be more precise.
If you have never watched the TV show Chopped before, it is a show where contestants are given a basket of ingredients that they must use to make a dish. It can get pretty interesting with all of the different ingredients that they get. For my challenge, my “Basket” included kale, bacon, oyster crackers and Sargento Chef Blends 4 State Sharp Cheddar.
I lucked out. All of those ingredients are actually pretty easy to use. I adore kale. And bacon is bacon. And oyster crackers are just a blank canvas. And finally the 4 State Sharp Cheddar. If you are a cheddar fan you’ll love it. It’s got Sharp Wisconsin Cheddar, Sharp Vermont Cheddar, Sharp New York Cheddar and Mild California Cheddar. It’s a bag of cheddar deliciousness and was a great addition to my chopped basket.
So what did I do? Well, I made a cheese bread.
A freaking delicious cheese bread.
First I cooked the bacon bits. Then I sautéed the kale in a little of the bacon drippings. Then I mixed the kale, bacon and cheese with a little mayo and piled it onto half a loaf of french bread. Finally, I had to figure out how to incorporate the oyster crackers. I knew they weren’t going to add much flavor but would add a ton of texture so I mixed them with some of the bacon drippings and crumbled them over the bread to create a nice crunchy top. Finally, I baked it all until it was golden and bubbly.
It was pure cheese bread heaven.
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Bacon and Kale Cheese BreadPrint Recipe
- 4 bacon slices, diced into 1 inch pieces
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 2 cups chopped kale
- 1/4 cup mayonnaise
- 1 1/2 cups Sargento Chef Blend 4 State Sharp Cheddar
- salt and pepper
- 1/2 loaf of french bread (1 loaf halved lengthwise)
- 1/2 cup crushed oyster crackers
- bake at 350 for 15 broil on high 1 - 2 minutes
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Cook bacon in a skillet over medium heat until cooked through. Use a slotted spoon to transfer bacon to a paper towel lined plate. Reserve 1 tablespoon of pan drippings.
In another pan, heat oil in skillet over medium heat. Add in kale and cook just until wilted.
In a bowl combine kale, bacon, mayonnaise and Sargento Chef Blend 4 State Sharp Cheddar. Mix well. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Spread mixture onto bread.
In a bowl mix together oyster crackers and reserved bacon drippings. Sprinkle over the top of the bread.
Bake in preheated oven for 15 minutes. Turn on broiler and broil for 1 - 2 minutes or until golden brown and bubbly. Remove from oven, allow to cool a couple of minutes. Slice and serve.