Monday, May 30, 2011

Cheesy Bloomin' Onion Sourdough Bread

Last week, I saw a photo on one of the popular food sites that immediately caught my attention.

The Girl Who Ate Everything made a Bloomin' Onion--like the one that's served at Outback Steakhouse--out of a loaf of sourdough bread.

You can see that scrumptious picture here, which also includes her recipe.

Then, of course, I had to make one, too!


I am definitely making this for our next family get-together, we've got a lot of bread lovers!

After I made it, I immediately started to think...

Bacon bits...sun dried tomatoes...and then my friend Sue suggested... BRIE!

The possibilities are endless.


One sourdough loaf
1 stick butter (1/2 cup)
3 thinly sliced green onions
1 jalapeño pepper, chopped
4 cloves garlic, minced
12 - 16 oz. cheese

Melt the butter and add the garlic and jalapeños.

Saute for a few minutes on medium heat until the milk solids in the butter just begin to turn brown.

Remove from heat and set aside.

Slice the sourdough loaf vertically into slices, being careful not to cut through the bottom crust of the bread.

Then cut the loaf horizontally into slices.

The bread squishes down as you're cutting, but it bounces back, so don't be afraid it's not going to turn out properly.

That makes it 'blossom'.

I had some queso fresco cheese and jack cheese.

I used about a half-cup of each, crumbling the queso fresco and cutting the jack into sticks.

Insert the cheese in between the bread pieces.

I think pepper jack cheese would be good here, too!

I put the queso fresco in first, then the jack cheese. 

Use whatever cheese you have on hand or your favorites.

I added the green onions to the butter mixture and drizzled it over the bread.

Then wrap the whole thing in foil,

Put it on a cookie sheet,

And bake at 350F for 15 minutes.

After 15 minutes, open the foil and let it bake for another 10 minutes uncovered.


Serve it in a bowl,

Or on a platter, and pull-apart.



Remember Brock?

The Graduate?

I gave my speech about him at his graduation party and told the story about the horses.

And I tried to say, "He's got his eyes in his butt," just like Brock did when he was little.

That story is here, scroll down, it's after the food.

When we entered the party, which was in his backyard, there was a wonderful display all about Brock.

His sister Meghan made him this touching collage.

And there were buttons--with various stages of his childhood--to choose from, to wear.

We sat under a huge tent out in their garden.

I wondered when the elephants and clowns were coming in, the tent was so big!

This pretty little sitting area was right outside the tent.

As was this fountain.

Such a beautiful yard!

The caterers were the same barbecue caterers Mark & Pam had at their wedding reception in this same backyard, years ago.

After dinner, the speeches began.

First was Papa, Brock's Grandpa.

Papa's a terrific speaker, telling stories of Brock in such a captivating and touching way, we were all brought to tears.

My favorite part was how Papa told stories about the little things Brock did, throughout his life, that made Papa feel so loved.

That was my favorite part because we all know Brock's got a lot of good qualities, and we all know how much grandparents love their grandchildren, but hearing about the things that Brock did to make Papa feel so loved was out of the ordinary.

I'm going to need a hanky just reliving the moments.

Brock sat through all the speeches with the biggest smile on his face!

This is big sister, Meghan, with her boyfriend.

She spoke about growing up with the up-swings and down-swings of her feelings about her little brother.

Meghan told stories of how she didn't like him, then liked him, didn't like him, then liked him--with such humor and great affection--that brought a tear to my eye, too.

There were several other speakers, and what struck me the most--was how much love was present that evening for this special young man, and how it was vocalized in such eloquent ways.

After I spoke, he gave me the biggest smile and the warmest hug and said,  "I love you."

It was such a special moment, I felt truly loved and appreciated in return.

After all the speeches were done--and they were all so amusing with everyone having a slightly different point of view of Brock and lots of different aspects of his life to recall--we were all treated to a slideshow made by his mother!

What an evening!

And if that wasn't enough, they had a musician that invited everyone to come sing with him, and there was singing and dancing into the night.

What fun!

It takes a village to raise a child, I've heard that often said.

I feel honored to have been a part Brock's village, and have watched him grow up into such a confident, expressive, and mature young man.

We all look forward to what his future holds.

Congratulations to Brock and the Booth family!


Cheesy Bloomin' Onion Sourdough Bread


One sourdough loaf
1 stick butter (1/2 cup)
3 thinly sliced green onions
1 jalapeño pepper, chopped
4 cloves garlic, minced
12 - 16 oz. cheese

Melt butter in a small saucepan over medium heat. Add garlic & chopped jalapeños and saute until the milk solids in the butter just begin to turn brown. Remove from heat and set aside.

Cut sourdough loaf in slices horizontally, being careful not to cut through the bottom crust of the loaf. Do the same to the loaf vertically.

Slice the cheese into sticks and insert them into the cervices of the bread loaf. 

Add the green onions into the butter mixture and drizzle butter mixture over the bread loaf. Wrap the loaf in foil, place on a baking sheet and bake at 350F for 15 minutes. After 15 minutes, open foil and bake 10 minutes more, until cheese has melted. Serve hot.


  1. I just found your blog and I love it! I can't wait to try all of your recipes, especially the Japanese ones!

    You seem to know quite a few quality young men. I hope they all find women who are just as special as they are :)

  2. OMG Karolyn! I just found this posting! How wonderful of you to include this special night! You certainly have been a life long friend for all of us! xoxoxo Pam

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