Gooey melted Swiss cheese, crisp and smoky bacon, the bite of zippy horseradish mustard, all baked inside French bread. This Swiss and bacon loaf might be no fuss, but it’s definitely not no frills. It’s got a great punch of flavor and texture.
This week I’ve been totally absorbed by the TV show, “The 100.” Seriously, I haven’t done much but watch it. Never heard of it? I’ll fill you in. It’s super suspenseful post apocalyptic science fiction about some teenagers coming to Earth from space after nuclear war to see if the planet is habitable. After binge-watching this on Netflix the foodie in me can’t help but think of all the foods I would miss if I had to live in outerspace. Chocolate. Bread. Wine. Definitely bacon.
I love the combination of bacon and, well, pretty much anything, but especially love it paired with rich and creamy melted cheese. Don’t you? I wonder what melty cheese would do in zero gravity, would it just stretch indefinitely? (These are the kind of things I think about when watching shows in outerspace.)
This simple swiss and bacon loaf comes together in just a few minutes. Horseradish mustard, butter, poppy seeds and sliced green onions are blended and spread on to French bread, then topped with bacon and Swiss cheese. The loaf is tightly wrapped in foil and baked just long enough to melt the cheese on the inside and give the outside wonderful crisp crust for a bite that yields a satisfying crunch followed by the soft buttery bread inside and gooey melted cheese.
So now I’m curious. What foods would you miss the most if you lived in outerspace? And seriously, what do you think happens to melted cheese when there’s no gravity!
Swiss and Bacon Loaf
- 1/2 cup butter , softened to room temperature
- 2 Tablespoons horseradish mustard
- 4 green onions , thinly sliced
- 1 Tablespoon , plus 1 teaspoon poppy seeds
- 1 16 ounce loaf French bread
- 6 slices bacon , cooked and crumbled
- 8 ounces Swiss cheese , sliced
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
Stir together the softened butter, mustard, green onions and poppy seeds.
Slice the French bread in half lengthwise and spread the butter mixture over the bottom half. Sprinkle the bacon over the butter mixture and top with sliced Swiss cheese. Replace the top half of the loaf and tightly wrap the loaf in heavy duty aluminum foil.
Bake at 350 degrees for 30-35 minutes or until the loaf is heated through and the cheese is melted inside.