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Cob Loaf Recipe - Spinach Dip Recipe

By Traditional recipe as made by Shirl Brain, New Zealand

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Cob Loaf Recipe - Spinach Dip Recipe

© 2009 Shirl Brain, licensed to About.com, Inc.
Americans know this as a spinach dip in a bread bowl. In New Zealand and Australia, it is known as a cob loaf. You can easily vary this recipe by adding chopped ham or bacon, various types of shredded cheeses, and/or your favorite herbs. It is delicious served as a party appetizer, but some folks make a meal of it. If you are not a fan of spinach, it may be omitted, but hollow out less of the loaf. This recipe is best made with 1 large cob loaf, but can be made to stretch to 2 small loaves.

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 35 minutes


  • 1  large loaf (or 2 small loaves) unsliced rustic or artisan bread
  • 1 pound (2 x 250g packets) defrosted frozen spinach (or equivalent fresh spinach, blanched and chopped), optional
  • 1 (30g) packet of dry onion soup mix
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 cup sour cream (may use light)
  • 8 ounces (250mg) cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 3 scallions (green or spring onions), finely chopped
  • 1 cup of shredded cheese of choice
  • Curry powder to taste


Preheat oven to 350 F (180 C). Line a rimmed baking sheet with foil.  

Cut a "lid" from the top of the loaf. Hollow out the center, retaining the pieces for dipping later.  

Press out any excess liquid from the defrosted spinach. Combine spinach, dry onion soup mix, mayonnaise, sour cream, cream cheese, scallions, shredded cheese, and curry powder to taste. Pour into the center(s) of the loaf (loaves). Replace the lid.  

Bake 15 to 20 minutes until center is hot and melted. Do not over-bake or the bread may become too crusty and hard. (The loaf may be microwaved if the center is not completely hot and melted.)  

Serve cob loaf with the retained bread pieces from the center, plus additional crackers of choice for dipping.  

Yield: about 8 servings  

Recipe Source: Traditional recipe as made by Shirl Brain, New Zealand  

Cob Loaf Recipe Photo © 2009 Shirl Brain, licensed to About.com, Inc.
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