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Spooky Zombie Skull Spinach Dip Cob Loaf

A Ghoulish Halloween Delight

Are you ready to conjure up some eerie culinary magic this Halloween? Look no further than our spine-chilling creation: the Spooky Zombie Skull Spinach Dip Cob Loaf, or bread bowl, whatever you want to call it!

This Halloween, we're serving up a chillingly delicious treat that's sure to cast a spell on your taste buds and haunt your party guests' memories. Say farewell to ordinary appetizers and dive headfirst into the world of sinister delights with our Zombie Skull Cob Loaf, a true masterpiece of culinary macabre.

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Halloween Cob Loaf Recipe

Transforming Tradition into Terror

In Australia, these bread bowl masterpieces are known as "cob loaves," but we've summoned our creativity to give it an American twist that'll send shivers down your spine. Imagine sinking your teeth into a bread bowl that's been transformed into a ghastly zombie skull, complete with mushroom eyes and pumpkin puree eyeballs. It's the ultimate Halloween-themed centrepiece that will steal the spotlight at any spooky soirée.


Get Ready for a Halloween Treat to Die For

As Halloween draws near, don't settle for the mundane – embrace the supernatural and bring our Spooky Zombie Skull Spinach Dip Cob Loaf to your table. Whether you're hosting a haunted house party or a spooky movie night, this Halloween delight is guaranteed to enchant all who dare to partake.

Stay tuned as we reveal the incantations to summon this hauntingly delightful creation. From the preparation to the presentation, we'll guide you through every step of crafting your own Zombie Skull Cob Loaf masterpiece.

DIY Spooky Zombie Skull Spinach Dip Cob Loaf Recipe

Level:        Intermediate

Cost:        Moderate

Prep Time:   30 minutes

Cook Time:  20 minutes

Total Time:  50 minutes

Servings:    8-15


  • 1 large oval or squarish bread loaf (similar to a cob loaf)

  • 1 package (10 oz) frozen chopped spinach, thawed and drained

  • 1 cup mayonnaise

  • 1 cup sour cream

  • 1 package (1 oz) dry ranch dressing mix

  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese

  • Small block of white cheddar cheese

  • 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese

  • Salt and pepper to taste

  • Assorted vegetables for dipping (carrots, celery, bell peppers, etc.)

  • 8-10 button mushrooms

  • Small amount of pumpkin puree

  • Olive oil

  • Cooking spray

  • Preparation:

    • Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C).

    • Cut off the top of the bread loaf to create a lid, and hollow out the center, leaving a thick bread shell.

    • Keep the bread from the center aside, do not throw it out.

    • Toast the bread shell in the oven until crunchy.

  • Spinach Dip:

    • In a bowl, combine the drained spinach, mayonnaise, sour cream, ranch dressing mix, mozzarella cheese, and half of the grated Parmesan cheese. Mix well.

    • Season the mixture with salt and pepper to taste.

    • Scoop the spinach dip mixture into the hollowed-out bread loaf and mouth the edges to create a skull zombie head shape.

  • Zombie Skull Design:

    • With a spoon carve out two eye sockets, creating space for the mushroom "eyes."

    • Scoop out your mouth with a spoon.

    • Scoop out the nostrils with the end of your spoon handle.

    • Arrange the cooked button mushrooms upside down in the eye sockets to resemble eyes.

    • Create pumpkin "eyeballs" by rolling small balls of pumpkin puree and placing them on top of the mushrooms.

  • Bread Center and Skull Assembly:

    • Tear the bread that you removed from the center into bite-sized pieces.

    • Arrange the torn bread pieces on a baking sheet and lightly spray them with cooking spray.

    • Bake in the preheated oven for about 15-20 minutes, or until the bread pieces are toasted and crispy. Do this right before serving.

  • Mushroom Tops:

    • Lightly brush the mushroom tops with olive oil.

    • Place the mushrooms on a baking sheet and bake in the oven for about 10-12 minutes, or until they are tender.

  • Pumpkin Mash:

    • Cook and mash the pumpkin until it's smooth. You can add a touch of butter, salt, and pepper for flavour if you choose.

  • Zombie Teeth:

    • Slice the white cheddar cheese or mozzarella cheese into small square pieces to resemble teeth.

    • Attach the cheese squares to the hole where the mouth is. Place them in position along the mouth opening to create an undead teeth effect.

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  • Place the "Zombie Skull" bread loaf on a serving platter.

  • Arrange the toasted bread pieces, mushroom pumpkin tops, and any additional vegetable dippers around the loaf.

  • Serve the spinach dip warm or cold, whichever you prefer. Be aware that if you serve the dip warm your hollowed-out eyes, nose and mouth may melt together.

  • Guests can dip the bread pieces and vegetables into the spinach dip, creating a spooky and delicious Halloween treat!

  • Make sure you get a picture before the dipping begins


  • What do you eat with cob loaf?

You can dip a variety of dippers into the spinach dip, such as toasted bread pieces, vegetable sticks, crackers, and tortilla chips.

Can you reheat the cob loaf the next day?

Yes, you can reheat the cob loaf in the oven at a low temperature (around 300°F or 150°C) for about 10-15 minutes until warmed through. Although they taste so good there will be none left!

If your dip has too much liquid in it, the bread will be soggy and is not suitable to reheat.

How do you eat a cob loaf?

Tear the bread center into bite-sized pieces and toast until they are crispy. Serve warm and dip them into the spinach mixture. Don't forget to enjoy the creepy "Zombie Skull" design!

What type of bread can you use for a cob loaf?

You can use a variety of breads such as sourdough, round loaves, or even focaccia. Just make sure the bread is sturdy enough to hold the dip.

Can I prepare the cob loaf in advance?

Yes, you can prepare the spinach dip and hollow out the bread in advance. However, it's best to assemble and bake the Zombie Skull Cob Loaf just before serving for optimal freshness and texture.

Can I use a different type of dip for the cob loaf?

Absolutely! While this recipe features a spinach dip, you can get creative and use other dips like artichoke dip, buffalo chicken dip, or even a creamy cheese and herb dip. Just remember to make dips that are not runny and can hold their shape for the eye socket holes etc

How do I prevent the bread from becoming too soggy?

To prevent the bread from becoming soggy, make sure the spinach dip isn't overly watery. Thaw and drain the spinach well and avoid adding excess liquids.

Can I customise the design of the cob loaf?

Absolutely! Feel free to get creative with the design. You can experiment with different shapes, designs, and spooky elements that suit your Halloween theme. The best part about Halloween is that nothing has to be perfect to be spooky which means it’s time to try different recipes and designs to make it your own.
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Can I make the dip ahead of time?

Yes, you can prepare the spinach dip a day ahead and store it in the refrigerator. Just give it a good stir before using it to assemble the bread bowl.

What is the difference between a cob loaf and a bread bowl?

A cob loaf and a bread bowl share a similar concept, as both involve hollowing out a bread structure to use as a vessel for dips or fillings. However, the term "cob loaf" is more commonly used in Australia, while in the United States, it's often referred to as a "bread bowl." The choice of bread type, shape, and regional terminology are the primary distinctions between the two.

How can I make the cob loaf gluten-free?

Opt for gluten-free bread or a gluten-free bread mix to create the hollowed-out loaf. Additionally, ensure all dip ingredients are gluten-free, and check ingredients thoroughly that they are all gluten-free and suitable for celiacs.

Remember, this Halloween, it's not just about the treats 
it's about the tricks you'll play on your palate!
Stay spooky, culinary conjures! 👻🎃🍁

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