Recipe Review

Cranberry Gouda Pull-Apart Bread Will Be the Most Talked-About Dish at Thanksgiving Dinner

published Nov 9, 2022
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Various Cranberry sauces on surface
Credit: Sarah Crowley

From family gatherings to office potlucks, the last two months of the year are littered with a myriad of gatherings that are anchored by delicious food. Whether you crave some juicy turkey for Thanksgiving or a tasty holiday ham on Christmas, this season has something for everyone. With that in mind, it’s always fun to be the one that brings the dish that everyone can’t stop raving about. That’s why when I saw everyone’s favorite “internet grandma” Babs showcase a recipe for Cranberry Gouda Pull-Apart Bread, I knew I had to bookmark it to give it a try later.

If you’re a fan of a great charcuterie board, you know that an excellent cheese and fruit pairing will elevate the vibe at any event and this is no different. For this recipe, Babs recommends using the mild, slightly sweet Gouda cheese from Roth Cheese. If you can’t find that particular brand though, any kind will do.

Spray both the inside and outside of your cheese grater with non-stick spray, then lay it flat on its side. From there, take your block of cheese and grate it. The cheese will fall into the grater so that you can easily transport it to a bowl without leaving a mess. 

Next, grab a sizable round loaf of bread and make vertical cuts about 1-inch apart. Be sure not to cut through the bread, but cut it deep enough to add additional ingredients. Then, rotate the bread and cut it in the other direction. The finished product will have a cross-hatch pattern.

In a small bowl, melt the butter, and add thyme, rosemary, salt, and pepper before whisking together. Using a brush, coat the inside of each crosshatch on top of the bread with the mixture. Stuff each crosshatch with cranberry sauce, followed by Gouda cheese, and wrap the bread in aluminum foil. Bake at 400°F for 20-30 minutes — or until the cheese is melted and the bread is toasty and warm. And voilà! A deliciously easy-to-serve bread that everyone will love.

Want to make sure you have enough food handy for all of your guests this Thanksgiving? This need-to-know guide will help you prepare the right amount of dishes based on the number of guests joining your dinner table.