Ham and Gouda Pull Apart Bread

6 to 8 servings
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Ham and Gouda Pull Apart Bread is the ULTIMATE game day appetizer! Crusty bread stuffed with melted Gouda cheese, salty ham, and crushed red pepper flakes for extra heat.

By: Bev Weidner, Bev Cooks


  • 1 loaf crusty bread (French or sourdough works great)
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 (8-oz) slab of ham, diced
  • 2 cups Roth 3 Chile Pepper Gouda or Gouda cheese, shredded
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • Chopped fresh chives, for garnish
  • Crushed red pepper flakes, for garnish


  1. Heat oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. Heat oil in medium pan over medium-high heat. Add onion and sauté 2 minutes. Add diced ham, and continue to cook until browned, about 4 minutes. Transfer ham and onion mixture to a medium bowl. Add shredded Gouda. Toss to combine.
  3. Score top of bread into long strips. Be careful not to slice all the way through to the bottom! Turn bread 45 degrees, and slice it the other way in parallel lines.
  4. Press cheese and ham mixture into the bread crevices. Brush top of bread with melted butter.
  5. Wrap bread in aluminum foil, and bake 25 minutes. Remove foil and bake an additional 10 minutes until the cheese starts to bubble and brown.
  6. Garnish with chopped chives and crushed red pepper flakes, and serve immediately.