I've seen this type of bread around the internet under the names hedgehog bread, bread pulls, and blooming bread. Whatever you want to call it, one thing is certain: it is DELICIOUS! I mean really, really good; perfect for an occasional treat or a fun appetizer for a small group. The bread has interested me ever since I saw it over at The Girl Who Ate Everything, and this is my spin- I kind of combined her Bloomin' Onion Bread and her Ham and Cheese Sliders recipes. Even though I made this back in May and just hadn't posted it yet, looking at the picture makes me want some RIGHT NOW!
Ham & Cheese Hedgie Bread
8 oz mini sourdough bread boule (California Goldminer Sourdough is what I used)
4 oz shaved ham, cut into 1 inch squares (I used sundried tomato rosemary ham)
4 oz thinly sliced cheddar, cut into 1/2 inch strips
3 T thinly sliced green onions
4 T butter
1 1/2 t poppy seeds
2 t dijon mustard
1/4 t Worcestershire sauce
Preheat oven to 350 and place a large piece of aluminum foil on a baking sheet. Cut
bread to look like a hedgehog, going first one direction, then the other, and being sure not to cut all the way through the bottom crust. A serrated knife works best for this. Place sliced loaf on the baking sheet. Stuff in cheese (you may need to break the pieces more), then ham, then sprinkle on green onions,
then spoon on butter mixture. Wrap with the foil. Bake covered 10 minutes, then unwrap and bake
10 minutes more, or until cheese is melted and bread is light golden. Serve immediately with lots of napkins, but watch out for burned fingers!
Yield: about 6 servings