Bloomin’ Onion Bread

This Bloomin’ Onion Bread is one of my favorite party appetizers. How can you go wrong with bread, cheese, and butter sauce.Bloomin' Onion Bread - one of my favorite party appetizers. the-girl-who-ate-everything.comMy husband and I waited tables at Outback Steakhouse while we were in college and ate our share of Bloomin’ Onions. But the funny thing is we never actually ordered them.

If a table ordered a Bloomin’ Onion and canceled the order, the onion would sit in the window until another table ordered one which was usually just a matter of minutes.

But every once in a while there would be a lull where no orders would come in and the “Bloom” was pronounced “dead”, meaning it would not be served to customers, and all the servers got to eat it.

For some reason we always came to work starving so when this happened we ate our little hearts out.

I don’t know if there are other servers out there but I still have reoccurring nightmares where I’m in the weeds with all of my table – everyone needs a drink refill and all of my orders are wrong. I’m sooo happy when I wake up from that dream!

This naughty Bloomin’ Onion Bread has cheese stuffed in every crack and is cut just like the Bloomin’ Onion from Outback.

My family loved this but really it’s enough to feed a small army. It’s a fun way to serve bread because everyone can just pull off a piece of cheesy onion bread. This would be a great appetizer or bread for a meal.

This Bloomin' Onion Bread is sourdough bread stuffed with cheese, onions, and topped with a buttery poppy seed sauce.

If you love this Bloomin’ Onion Bread, you’ll love this Bloomin’ Pizza Bread!

Bloomin’ Onion Bread
Prep Time
22 hrs 14 mins
Cook Time
22 hrs 14 mins
Author: Christy Denney
  • 1 unsliced loaf sourdough bread
  • 12-16 ounces Monterey Jack cheese , thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup butter , melted
  • 1/2 cup finely diced green onion
  • 2 teaspoons poppy seeds
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Cut the bread lengthwise and widthwise without cutting through the bottom crust. This can be a little tricky going the second way but the bread is very forgiving.
  3. Place on a foil-lined baking sheet. Insert cheese slices between cuts. Combine butter, onion, and poppy seeds. Drizzle over bread. Wrap in foil; place on a baking sheet. Bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes.
  4. Unwrap the bread and bake 10 more minutes, or until cheese is melted.
Recipe Notes

Source: The Changeable Table

Bloomin' Onion Bread - one of my favorite party appetizers.

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  1. Can’t go wrong with anything covered in cheese.

  2. Looks wonderful!

  3. This looks great!

  4. Okay I maynot be able t get to sleep because I am thinking about this recipe. Wow! This will be on my table soon.

  5. Wow, it looks so fancy for little effort! I will have to try this the next time i have company!

  6. gooey, melted deliciousness on a plate. 🙂 lovely picture.

  7. oh my…this looks delicious!!

  8. That’s brilliant! I’m so going to make this for our family movie night.

  9. I saw this on another blog a while back and made it for our house church group back in November. Everyone LOVED it! It is such a unique appetizer! Love your photo, btw! Cheers~

  10. I absolutely love bloomin onions! Thanks for this bread recipe. It looks and sounds super!

  11. Yup, I used to be a server and still have nightmares about it sometimes!(even though I loved my job) I wake up SO tired. LOL!

  12. You are brilliant! I want to eat just this for dinner.

  13. This looks fantastic. I, too, still wait on tables all night in my dreams and I haven’t work in a restaurant in 15 years. Strange!

  14. beautiful!!! I feel like eating it right now 🙂

  15. ooh! I need to make this.

  16. can’t wait to try this one out, I think it will be a huge hit with the hubby!

  17. Work nightmares still haunt me, why do I have so many tables in my sleep? And the next day it would be like I had never gone home at all…. Am so trying this, the hubs will love it!

  18. Oh my that looks like a yummy heart attack! My teens would love it!

  19. YES! I have those dreams too! They always hit me when I am super stressed and waking up from them is such a relief. I love your blog!

  20. Drool! All that ooey gooey cheese is making me want to lick the screen! I totally feel ya about stressful dreams – I’m a week off getting married and am constantly having arriving too late nightmares! 🙂

  21. Oh that looks soooo yummy!! 🙂

  22. So cheesy, so good! Looks heavenly!

  23. This bread looks so good! I am so glad to know that I am not the only one that has those HORRIBLE nightmares! They really are nightmares and they feel so real! What is up with that???!!! Maybe it’s just an outback Thingy? All I know is that I probably have one of those nightmares every couple of months and it has me worried for days! THE WORST!

  24. Pretty sure I just died looking at that picture… haha Looks amazing! Can’t wait to try it!! 🙂

  25. Love the presentation!

  26. Would buying sandwich slices of that cheese work just as well? Or should I slice it myself?

  27. I used to work at Outback too! I could never order one myself, but if there was ever one out for the servers, you can’t help but have a few bites at least! This recipe looks awesome, such a good idea!

  28. @Sandy,
    I definitely think sandwich slices would work. You just want them thin so you can stick them in between the bread.

  29. I am a carbo junkie, and that bread looks to die for! Cheese, cheese and more cheese on top of fresh sourdough YUM!!

  30. This looks and sounds like the perfect party food. Now all I need is a party…..maybe Father’s day….

  31. I’m mainly a lurker on your blog, but I had to pipe in about the waitressing dreams (or would they be nightmares??)

    I worked at an Applebees 8 years ago and I still have those dreams once in awhile!

    This bread looks delicious…the Bloomin’ Onion is such a weakness of mine.

  32. awww.. this post brings back memories. i used to work at Outback during college too and i still have a place in my heart for it. i loved closing and getting to take home any mushrooms left or potato soup. MMM… high five for Outback servers!!

  33. This looks AMAZING!!! Can’t wait to give it a try!

  34. My reocurring server dream is that my “station” is the Giants ballpark and I just can’t get to everyone.

  35. Nurses have similar bad dreams. We can’t get to our patients to take care of them. Can’t give them their medications, aren’t able to get to their rooms to meet them and do an assessment, etc. Then the next shift comes on and we are desparately trying to explain to the oncoming nurse why it is that we don’t know anything about the patients assigned to our care and haven’t done anything for them. It’s a terrible dream.

    Whenever I have one of those dreams I wake up terrified. Comfort food helps. If this bread was around after one of those dreams I would probably eat the whole thing all by myself.

  36. This looks insanely good! Need to find a reason to make this.

  37. SO so funny. My husband and I served when we first got married at Chili’s and I have the same nightmare all the time.
    LOVE your blog!

  38. I’m so glad I’m not the only one with those crazy dreams!

  39. Wow that is such a fun take on the bloom. I have always wanted to try the blooming onion but, scared about how much I may like it. I may have to just try this bread instead. It looks too good to pass up.

  40. We had this along with pork chops and green beans the other night! So yummy!

  41. Yum! Fantastic idea!

  42. Mmmm yes, I’m all about the cheese. And the bread.

  43. I still get those nightmares too. And I was only a server for 3 months!

  44. My boyfriend would love this, I am going to have to make it for him one night. It looks delicious!

  45. I just took this to a Relief Society function and got rave reviews about it. It was so yummy.

    The great thing about your blog is that I can always trust the recipes to take anywhere – even when I haven’t tried them out yet myself. Your recipes have never failed me! Thanks for always making me look good! 🙂

  46. Ha! Great minds think alike! I didn’t copy you, I swear (although I think you’re awesome and totally worth copying if I were that type of person! 🙂 )

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  48. Made this bread for a crowd last night and it was devoured! Cut up a lb. of cheese but only ended up using 1/2- 3/4. Do yourself a favor and make this recipe!

  49. I made this today. Used thin sliced swiss cheese and garlic instead on onions. Delicious!

  50. the only problem with using poppy seeds that you can get false positive on a drug test.

  51. I haven’t been a server in more than 20 years, and I still have that dream. 🙂

  52. I made this for a family get together and we all lost our MINDS over it. Delicious, easy to make, and the presentation is great. Thank you!

  53. This looks insanely amazing. Can’t wait to try it out!

    I have anxiety server dreams all the time and I haven’t worked in a restaurant for years. They’re the worst!

  54. thank you for this! I am eating my computer.

    brittany @

  55. Looks so good! and easy! And as a former server, I too have had those nightmares!

  56. Oh my goodness….this recipe is a MUST try for our next get-together!

  57. that looks delicious!
    yea, my little sister works in a kitchen and says that shes had nights where all she hears is the ticket machine printing up new orders 😛

  58. Oh my god. My boyfriend about died when I showed him this. I’m afraid to make it myself, for fear of actually doing him in with it, yikes, lol. Can’t wait to try this.

  59. O.M.G.

    That is all

  60. I am SO sick from over-eating!! I made this for dinner and it was so yummy we ate every last bite with our soup.

    Very, very good recipe but my stomach needs a big rest before I ever eat it again 🙂

  61. I make this all the time, we call it Party Bread

  62. Holy mother this is good.
    the only thing I would recommend is spraying the tin foil with Pam – mine stuck. And maybe more onions. Those are what made it especially delicious!

  63. THANKS for sharing this recipe. I made it just as you stated. It was wonderful. I posted to my blog, and credited you.

  64. Oh, I feel like I’ll never escape my “in the weeds” server dreams. Often, I step outside for a break or a smoke, and then forget I’m working, only to remember hours later that I have an endless dining room filled with hungry, angry people. Then I go back and try to catch up. Sheesh! Great bread, bad dream.

  65. This looks delicious!

    . . . and you are not alone. I haven’t waited tables in eleven years, but every once in a while I have an awful dream about being in the weeds. I used to have them more often, but over the years they have diminished.

  66. I have nightmares about being a server all the time. I havent been a server for like 5 years!!! Will they ever go away.

    Your story about always being hungry and eating the food in the window made me smile! I know exactly what you are talking about!

  67. This is truely amazing! Posted a link back to you on my blog.

  68. I must make this and eat it!

  69. OMG, this sounds so.l.l good!

  70. I just made this tonight. It was wonderful!

  71. I made this earlier this week to take to a church potluck dinner. It was raved over, and gobbled up (or rather down!). The only thing I changed was eliminating the poppy seeds (thought I had some on hand, but realized too late that I didn’t), and added more green onion. It really was good!

  72. Do you think this will work ok with an Italian Round loaf of bread instead of sourdough? The local grocer was out of sourdough (im sure cause everyone was on a mad dash to make this!) .. so the only one left to grab that looked similar to sourdough, was an italian round loaf… will that work ok? Thanks!

  73. @us,
    I’ve used just a regular loaf too and it works but the sourdough is soo much better and held up better too when cutting. Good luck!

  74. I’ve made this a few times, and it’s always a hit… for anyone having difficulty with the second round of cutting the bread, I found the using (clean) scissors makes much cleaner cuts and you don’t end up squishing the bread.

    Otherwise an awesome recipe, I’m almost sorry I started making it, because now whenever I get invited to a party I’m demanded upon to bring it!

  75. I make this same idea using garlic butter melted, to wash down the bread, then stuff it with grated parm, chopped prosciutto, and chopped fresh basil. Bake in foil for a few.

    Soooo messy but SOOO yummy

  76. @Linda,
    Ooh that sounds like a yummy version. I will have to try it…

  77. This is so delicious! My boyfriend and I make it all the time 🙂 thanks!

  78. I made this for a game night and my friends LOVED it! Of course, I did not tell them how simple it is to make it 🙂

  79. Holy cow, I’m drooling over this photo! I can’t wait to try this! Found it over at Pinterest and I’m Pinning myself!
    Scissors & Spatuals

  80. I wonder if an electric knife would work better to slice the bread? I know it works wonders on angelfood cake….

  81. @Sarah,
    I think it’s worth a try. Great idea!

  82. I added a few cloves of garlic as well… fantastic recipe!

  83. I added a few cloves of garlic to the butter… fantastic recipe! My kids loved it!

  84. I have made this a few times and it is awesome! I only make it to take somewhere for pot luck because otherwise I would eat the whole thing. It is good with and without the poppy seeds. I also have found that I like it best with garlic crusty bread.

  85. I used to wait tables at Lonestar Steakhouse while in college!! I don’t know many people who know what “dead” food is!! LOL. Going to have to try this!!

  86. I worked at the Outback too and know exactly what you mean about dead food and waitress nightmares! Can’t wait to try this…looks delicious!

  87. I made this using the butter mixture from Dine and Dish’s Oven Ham Sammies. Delish! Excellent (easy) appetizer for a party.

  88. This was the #1 favorite at our Super Bowl party tonight!

  89. Looks amazing but why the poppy seeds? Can it be made without them?

  90. Looks amazing but why the poppy seeds? Can it be made without them?

  91. @Audrey, Great question. You can definitely make them without!

  92. christy, i have anxiety dreams about serving all the time! usually it’s about a table that’s been waiting for me for like, 20 minutes and i still haven’t gotten their drinks. it’s been almost a decade since i’ve stopped working at various Outbacks. i wonder if i’ll have these dreams forever?!

  93. Made this today and every one raved over it! fabulous! I did leave out the poppy seeds but it was still awesome!

  94. I’ve officially been out of the serving business for 2 years now, and I STILL have nightmares about not being able to get to the table, I can’t get their drinks for them…..I once dreamed that the drink station was three blocks away from the restaurant….sigh…..

  95. Definitely trying this version of the bread pulls sometime in the near future. Most likely sticking to shredded cheese though I’m guessing you get more cheese if you use the slices?

  96. Having a girls weekend…might just have to break this recipe out!! Love it…thanks for sharing!

  97. Thanks so much for the recipe. We featured it in our weekly food trend blog post. You can check it out here. Thanks again!

  98. Looks wonderful…This will be on my table soon. Love from Türkiye….

  99. First time to your blog, got the link from Recipe Lion. This looks soooo good…can’t wait to try it! Wonder if you could do something like this as a cheesy garlic bread? Thanks for sharing this recipe!!

  100. We tried your recipe this past Thursday, and it was great. We modified it for some picky eaters. It was the PERFECT finger food for a group. We posted about it on our blog, check it out if you’d like: Thank you so much for a fun and versatile recipe!

  101. Omg this is the best recipe I’ve come across in a long time!! We ar going to eat it on soup night with tomato soup instead of chilled cheese sandwiches! Thank you so much!!

  102. Uncontrolled drooling. No sour dough BUT rye in freezer. was very nervous which was in vain.absolutely delicious. I promise my next one will be sour dough. THANKS SO MUCH!!!

  103. I made this last night with a large Italian loaf, minus the poppy seeds. I added some finely diced red pepper, and made up garlic butter instead of leaving it plain. It was tasty.

  104. beautiful pictures, fabulous recipes, practical and easy. I love your site. Considering the the amount of overwhelming data and sites online, finding your site was like uncovering a treasure buried in all the rubble.

  105. I’ll drop the onions and try garlic powder with minced garlic – mmm

  106. I made this bread the other night and it was so very awesome! Thank you for sharing it!

  107. Made this tonight and I HAD to comment! Best bread ever! Planning to make again for husband’s friends on Super Bowl sunday. I used every ingredient and loved the poppy seed flavor (my husband couldn’t get enough of it) we ran out of room for main course!! Thank you so much for sharing such an awesome blossom. 🙂

  108. WOW – this was amazing!!! Everyone devoured it! Served it with some homemade tomato soup which went with the bread perfectly:) Thanks so much for the recipe!

  109. this will be on my *table of goodies* during the superbowl! Can’t wait!!

  110. I make this with Creamy Havarti, everyone loves this. Thanks for a great recipe!!!

  111. This looks SOOOO awesome! Going to make it this weekend for my family.

  112. I made this for a play date with six other moms and their children. It was a huge hit! We had a great time making it while the kids played. It definitely takes a little finesse to cut, but fortunately we had two breads to try it on! Now I make it regularly for potlucks or church gatherings. It is always gone before the other dishes are! Great simple bread dish!

  113. Can’t wait to try a fruit version! Waitressed for years…still serving the whole restaurant by myself in my dreams lol!

  114. Those dreams that you mention? My sisters and I call them ‘waitressing dreams’ and before ever knowing that the others had them, we’d been suffering alone. They always came up when we were stressed out – even 20 years later! For all of us it was a version of some situation about to go out of control where you have drinks waiting at the bar, appetizers up in the kitchen, forgot the dressing on the side, the table of 6 have been done their dinner for quite some time and you should be clearing their table and getting coffees and desserts, brand new people were seated 5 min. ago and you still haven’t gotten to them, someone stops you on the way to the kitchen and asks where exactly is their dinner, and the table of 10 says they have changed their mind and now want their bill to be separated into couples …. And then you forget everything that everyone has ordered.

    I wake up sweating every time.

    Great recipes!

  115. Ok, I know what I’m going to be dreaming about tonight. Holy Jesus that looks good.

  116. I worked at Tony Roma’s in college and the exact same thing happened with our Onion loaf and of course we were always coming to work without dinner too! I still occasionally have those dreams also…..I wake up in a sweat! Good times 😀

  117. SERVER NIGHTMARES! I used to wake up in a panic that I forgot ranch for table three! Seriously waking up with heart pounding and unable to go back to sleep…I so remember those days! Thank god they’re over! 🙂
    This looks amazing! Might have to throw some bacon in there too, just saying!

  118. I also sprinkled on some finely crushed fried onions, and it was so awesome!!

  119. I still have nightmares about serving 20 years after the fact. Looks like a great recipe.

  120. Can this be made ahead of time them baked or would the bread go stale in the fridge or get to hard from the butter?

  121. Terrific bread to serve with pork chili verde! My entire family ate it up. Thanks for the great recipe 🙂

  122. This recipe looks great i mad it so yummy

  123. I made this for a party and it was AMAZING! Gone in like 20 minutes.

  124. I haven’t tried this recipe but I think for those who feel a full loaf is too much then why not individual portions made of the large rolls?

  125. I have those dreams all the time!!! I wake up so panicked… then I remember its been years since I worked there. Glad I’m not the only one! Just found your website and I think my 10lbs lost is out the window haha

  126. what about adding garlic so you get that super yummy cheesey garlic bread sort of deal?

  127. Judith A. Williams says:

    My Krogers has a counter with fresh baked bred bowles….I thought a couple of them , even one for the two of us…..sounds good to me….

  128. You had me with bread, butter and cheese! I love you for that with everyone giving up everything yummy. If rather be fat and happy and resign myself to never fitting in skinny jeans ever again. No tea and sympathy though, I will be comforted by your recipes lol.

  129. Even we germans LOOOOOOOOOOOVE it *-*

  130. wow! i want this now!

  131. Looks awesome…just wondering if it would be fine to use the already shredded Monterey Jack cheese? I have a package in the fridge and need to use it up.

  132. lovely

  133. looks super delicious and beautiful. Can’t wait to experiment with this recipe 🙂

  134. Jennifer Shewchuk says:

    Absolutely delicious! The bread was a little tricky to cut, but it is very forgiving and it is totally worth it! Everyone’s reaction when trying this bread was “WOW!” – I will definitely be making this time and time again, thank you!!

  135. Hmm these look delicious, thanks for posting up this recipe, looks quite simple to make.


  136. I am much older than most that I would assume follow food blogs, we just celebrated our 65th anniversary
    but I still like to find new ideas, and I also have serving nightmares, never worked as a server but we had
    a small mom-pop store in which we served sandwiches and small platters, that has been 30 some years
    and I still have dreams of total confusion and chaos in the kitchen.

  137. I made this yesterday for a friend’s barbecue. It was amazing!!! Everyone at the barbecue came back for seconds, thirds…… they loved it. By the time the main course was ready, we were all full from eating so much bread! I’ll be making this again and again.
    Thanks for a terrific recipe!

  138. LouCinda Lafountain says:

    I’m very disappointed that even though you have a print button it does not work. When I pressed it, it gave me a blank page.

  139. Cynthia Ahlstrom says:

    Just made this for the first time,didn’t cut bread right so some pieces fell out,need practice 😉 I used fresh mozzarella and provolone cheese and onions and butter only. It is awesome.

  140. Oh so delicious!