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Bubble Bread

Posted by Denise on April 13, 2014

bubble bread on cutting board

Tangy blue cheese and Parmesan is melted over crusty garlic bread in this Bubble Room restaurant favorite appetizer.

Bubble Bread will be very familiar to so many people who have had the distinct and quirky pleasure of dining at the Bubble Room restaurant. Hot and gooey with two kinds of cheese, a crunchy crust and a curiously attractive tang, this bread is completely addictive. Served by “Bubble Scouts” wearing scout-type uniforms loaded with funny and entertaining pins, a basket filled with thick slices of this bread and cinnamon sticky buns greeted patrons almost as soon as you were seated.

The original Bubble Room restaurant was opened in the 1970’s on Captiva Island off the coast of Cape Coral, Florida. It remains open and although it’s been sold to new owners, I understand they’ve retained many of the original recipes. Unfortunately, we haven’t been to the Captiva location, but hope to make it there sometime soon. We ate at the local restaurant.

The Bubble Room opened in Winter Park in the late 1980’s, but unfortunately closed after a few years, reportedly due to the owners’ marital troubles. Until the day it closed, the Winter Park Bubble Room was incredibly busy with a line out the door most nights. We were stunned when it closed since it was always so crowded.

The food is so good that there is an almost cult-like following online where people share thoughts on how to make the different dishes served at the Bubble Room restaurant. As I started looking through the posts from these sites, I was surprised to know that one of the owners had published a cookbook with many of recipes. I searched and found the cookbook, offered by none other than Katie Gardenia (her alias), one of the original owners. I hesitated however, due to the price of the cookbook. Searches for a used copy at cheaper prices came up nil, so I bit my lip, paid the price and got the cookbook several weeks ago. I really want to know how to make our old favorites. I was further surprised to see how easy most of the recipes are and how many use pre-packaged products, this recipe included. Nothing can take away from the fact that these are DELICIOUS!

Bubble Bread is perfect for serving before dinner as an appetizer. Because it is so rich, I plan on a maximum of two 2” wide slices per person. I hope you enjoy this authentic recipe from a truly great restaurant. If you’re ever in southwestern Florida, it would be worth your while to eat at the Bubble Room restaurant.


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Bubble Bread

 Bubble Bread Ingredients

Bubble Bread ingredients. 




Makes 2 loaf halves or about 16 2”-thick slices, depending how thick you cut them





large loaf of Italian bread (Italian batard shown)


jar of Maria’s Chunky Blue Cheese dressing or 1 ½ homemade Blue Cheese dressing


cup butter, softened at room temperature


tablespoon garlic powder


tablespoons dried parsley


tablespoons Hungarian paprika


cup blue cheese crumbles


cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese



1. Preheat oven to 350o F and position rack in middle position. Cut the loaf of bread in half lengthwise (top and bottom in separate sections). Mix butter with the garlic powder in a small bowl.


 cutting loaf in half lengthwise

making garlic butter 1  mixing garlic butter 2



2.  Spoon the butter-garlic mixture on each of the bread halves. Bake for 10 minutes or so until the bread has become lightly browned. Remove from the oven and put on a rack and allow them to cool.


spreading garlic buter on loaf halves

baked garlic bread


3.   While the loaf halves are cooling, mix the blue cheese dressing with the ½ cup of blue cheese crumbles. Place the bread halves on a baking sheet and spread the blue cheese mixture evenly on top of each half. It will be a rather thick layer. Sprinkle the Parmesan cheese on top of the blue cheese layer. Then sprinkle the paprika and top it all with the dried parsley.  Bake for 10-12 minutes until bubbly. Remove from the oven and slice into individual pieces. We like them approximately 2” wide. Enjoy hot from the oven.


 blue cheese crumbles mixing blue cheese crumbles in Maria's dressing


spreading blue cheese dressing on bread


 grating Parmesan cheese


 all topping on bread ready for the oven


bubble bread baked and ready to eat

bubble bread finished


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