Hi, there! This is Kelly, I’m taking over today to introduce you to Puka Bread! Puka (Poo-kah) bread is my family’s go to dip for entertaining. It is named after puka shells, or at least that is what my mom tells me! It is perfect for large fall parties. It is wonderfully warm and savory, with cheese, meat and green onions flavoring the whole; there are rarely leftovers. Oh, and I forgot to mention, it is encased in a loaf of bread, it’s own edible container! No scrubbing baked on dip off of a casserole dish for us!
2 loaves sourdough (french bread works too)
1 pint sour cream
1 jar chipped beef (dried beef), chopped
1 1/2 lbs jack cheese, shredded
12 ounces cream cheese
4-5 green onions, chopped
1 1/2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
Pre-heat the oven to 350°F. Slice the top of one of the loaves of bread and hollow out, set on a sheet of foil. Save the inside of the bread for dipping later. Mix the sour cream, cream cheese and jack cheese together in a large bowl. Add the chopped chipped beef, green onions and Worcestershire sauce to the mixture, making sure that it is well blended. Stuff the mixture into the hollowed loaf of bread. Replace the top of the bread. Wrap the whole loaf in foil. Bake, covered, in the oven for 1 hour. Open the foil and bake uncovered for 30-45 minutes, or until mixture is fully melted and bread is crusty. Cube the remaining loaf and dip to your hearts content!
Fall brings out our love of heartier beers and red wines. We drank Four in Hands wonderful stout, with subtle coffee notes, it complemented the saltiness of the cheese and beef. We would also suggest a hearty zin or shiraz to accompany this dip!
Listen to It!
Since this is a nostalgia recipe, I suggested that we listen to a station that bring backs memories of my childhood! Hoyt Axton on Pandora! His songs played a huge part of my childhood and he is my go to when I’m feeling a certain way! He also has a huge connection to many of the legends of music. He and his mother were song writers and many songs that we know today that were sung by Elvis, Three Dog Night, Ringo Starr and John Denver. Joy to the World (sung by Three Dog Night) was one of his songs!