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Top 5 BEST Cob Loaf Recipes to Get The Party Started

25/01/2024

Want to serve up epic party food your friends will beg for again and again? Check out our collection of epic cob loaf recipes! Featuring the traditional full size cob loaf recipes you know and love, plus a mini version for individual servings to get the party started right.

A chicken and corn dip in a cob loaf with chives for garnish.

Why We Love This

There’s nothing better than a cob loaf dip served up at a BBQ! This is a classic Aussie tradition that our friends and family absolutely love!

The dips are so moreish and guaranteed to disappear almost the instant they hit the table. Plus, once the dip is gone, you can tear or slice up the bread roll into portions and polish off the lot.

Use the recipes below as a guide, but don’t be afraid to experiment – each one is super easy and adaptable. If you know you’re feeding a crowd, you might even like to make a double batch.

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A tortilla chip dips into a mini Mexican bread bowl.
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What are Cob Loaf Dips?

Cob loaf dips are exactly that + a creamy dip served up in a round, hollowed out bread loaf. Sometimes called a bread bowl, they can be served warm or cold depending on the recipe and season. They’re served up with the fluffy insides of the bread torn up into chunks and scattered around the outside, ready for dipping.

You’ll often see a cob loaf on the table at Aussie gatherings such as birthday parties, picnics, long weekend / public holidays or at Christmas. No matter the occasion, they’re always a huge hit!

Spinach Cob Loaf with top crust removed.
Quick & Creamy Spinach Cob Loaf Dip
Spinach Cob Loaf is a classic Aussie party dip and such an entertainer's delight. You'll need just 6 easy ingredients, and your friends will be begging for the recipe!
Quick & Creamy Spinach Cob Loaf Dip
Three mini Mexican cob loaf dips on a tray.
Mini Mexican Cob Loaf Dips
Introducing mini Mexican cob loaf rolls: epic nacho-inspired bread bowls with spiced black beans, charred corn, fresh avocado, and tortilla chips. Perfectly sized to kick off the party!
Mini Mexican Cob Loaf Dips
Bread pulling away from melted cheese in a cheese and bacon cob loaf.
20 Minute Cheese and Bacon Cob Loaf Dip
Get the party started with this epic Cheese and Bacon Cob Loaf. Ready in 20 minutes, this warm dip is perfect for gatherings – just don’t expect leftovers!
20 Minute Cheese and Bacon Cob Loaf Dip
A bread bowl filled with chicken and corn dip.
Creamy Chicken & Corn Cob Loaf Dip
A creamy entertainer you can have on the table in 10 minutes. Everyone loves cob loaf, so shake things up and mix together this chicken and corn version, with no spinach in sight and no baking required!
Creamy Chicken & Corn Cob Loaf Dip
A piece of bread dips into the pizza dip with ham, pepperoni and cheese.
Epic Supreme Pizza Cob Loaf
All the flavours and toppings you know and love on a supreme pizza, in epic cob loaf dip form! Think stringy cheese, pepperoni, capsicum – the works. Ready in just 20 minutes.
Epic Supreme Pizza Cob Loaf

Wandercook’s Tips

  • Serving – For the freshest results, pop your dip into the bread just before serving. You can make the fillings the day before to save on time and reheat when you need.
  • Leftovers – Any leftovers (doubt there will be!) won’t keep well, as the dips soak into the bread over time and become increasingly soggy. Best enjoyed fresh!
  • Need another dip? Make a quick mushroom pate to serve it up along side for any extra bread!

Storage, Freezing & Reheating

If you need to transport the dip, you can cover the loaf and a sheet of aluminium foil to keep everything fresh on arrival. Store leftovers in the fridge for a day or so in an airtight container. We don’t recommend freezing them. You can easily reheat a baked cob loaf in the microwave for a few minutes to warm it up, or in the oven to make the bread extra crispy.

FAQs

Are cob loaf recipes usually served hot or cold?

Most cob loaf recipes can be served hot or cold depending on your preference (although some are best served hot, like those with cheese). Cold dips works best in summer, whereas a warm cob loaf dip straight out of the oven is guaranteed to warm you up on a wintery night!

How can I make my cob loaf go further so I don’t run out of bread to dip!

We love serving them with extra baguette slices, extra crackers or corn chips, or fresh veggie slices such as cucumber, carrot and celery sticks for dipping.

What do you do with the empty loaf once all the dip is gone?

Slice the empty loaf into pieces and share them around! There’ll be just enough dip left on the inside surface for them to be just as delicious.

What else could I put in a cob loaf?

Good question, and the answer is… just about anything! Here are a few ideas to get you experimenting:
Tuna Mornay
Bolognese or Napoli Pasta
Chicken Pasta Bake
Curried Sausages
Green Chicken Curry
Tried your own epic cob loaf creation? Comment below and let us know what to try next.

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