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Air Fryer Spinach Cob Loaf. Introducing you to the best ever cob loaf spinach dip cooked in the air fryer.
Loaded with plenty of cheese, fresh spinach, and sour cream, you will love how easy it is to make in the air fryer.
We originally shared with you how to make a cob loaf in an air fryer back in 2016 and we wanted to update it today for you with better photos and some extra ideas.
Spinach Cob Loaf
We had just arrived back in the UK after living in Portugal for 13 years and I was walking into my favourite British supermarket.
There I am in Morrison’s with all their wonderful fresh meat, fresh seafood, amazing breads, amazing customer service and this was the moment that I felt like I had made the best decision ever, moving back home.
I spent the most on groceries that day, then I have ever spent, and we spent the next 11 nights in a beautiful Yorkshire cottage.
Over those 11 nights I introduced Dominic to some wonderful food that we couldn’t get in Portugal or was too expensive.
We had slow cooker corned beef hash, used a microwave for the first time in 16 years, I introduced him to lettuce wraps and I showed him that a cob loaf from Morrison’s was better than the invention of sliced bread.
Four months on from originally introducing him to a cob loaf, he is down at Morrison’s buying a cob to be filled with yummy soup for dinner tonight.
Today in this recipe for a cob loaf spinach dip, its all about how easy it is to make it in the air fryer and why the air fryer does a better job than the oven.
No matter what your favourite cob loaf fillings are, let me show you the air fryer method.
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Can You Make A Spinach Cob Loaf In An Air Fryer?
Yes, you can. And it is truly amazing, and I couldn’t imagine doing a cob loaf any other way, ever again!
What is so special about an air fryer cob loaf and what makes it the best cob loaf recipe, is the air fryers ability to crisp up your food.
When you remove the bread from the middle to get your cob ready for its filling, you can chop up these pieces and create air fryer croutons with them. You can also warm up the cob in the air fryer and make the crust lovely and crispy.
Plus, the air fryer is fantastic for melting any cheese that you are adding to the cob loaf.
What Is A Cob Loaf?
A cob loaf is amazing type of bread that is soft like bread rolls but firm enough to cook with. It is a round shape and has a hollow centre.
Because of its shape, its traditional for a cob loaf to have its lid sliced off, the bulk of the bread removed from its centre and for it to be filled with creamy soups or dips.
In Australia it has become the go to party piece for a number of years and in the UK it is becoming more and more popular.
Your Cob Loaf Ideas
If you are loading up food into your cob loaf that is thick and not watery, then it will work in a cob loaf.
Think a thick broccoli cheese soup, cheese and spinach dip, cauliflower cheese, a vegetable bake etc.
Or anything else you love that has a similar creaminess.
This opens you up to a lot of cob loaf ideas.
You could add your favourite thick stew to it, a pasta bake, or those dips that you love, but are not traditional for a cob.
To date, our favourite cob loaf recipe involves wilted spinach, loads of cheese and sour cream.
But note, that you can take our cook times and swap the filling to one that is your favourite.
Cob Loaf Ingredients
Cob – It starts with a cob of course. Though note, like when you do croutons aim for one that is a little stale and that you maybe bought 2 days ago.
Cheese – We are using both grated cheese and Philadelphia cream cheese in this recipe. Though of course, you can swap for another soft cheese brand and mix and match your favourite grated cheeses.
Cream – I recommend using some sour cream. It gives it a wonderful flavour and makes your dip really creamy.
Spinach – I recommend some fresh spinach and then let it wilt in the air fryer. Avoid frozen spinach because it is likely to be too watery and ruin your spinach and cheese cob loaf.
Seasoning – You will want your seasoning cupboard in this recipe. I recommend salt and pepper and then suggest you add your favourite seasoning. We used chives, parsley, and oregano.
Then for the kitchen gadgets that we have used in this air fryer cob loaf recipe, it has just been our Cosori Air Fryer. We have this one and its wonderful for many types of air fryer recipes and perfect for crisping up your bread and cooking a cheesy cob loaf.
How To Make A Cob Loaf?
- Wilt. Start by loading your fresh spinach and sour cream into an air fryer dish. We used a silicone dish as its easier for clean up later.
- Prep. Whilst the air fryer is working its magic, slice off the top of the cob loaf, and then remove the majority of the bread from the centre.
- Mix. When the air fryer beeps and using the same container, mix in the other filling ingredients with the spinach and sour cream.
- Pour. Once it is well mixed pour the cob loaf fillings into the cob loaf, cover with grated cheese and then place the cob loaf into the air fryer basket.
- Cook. Next cook for 6 minutes at 200c/400f. This will make the outside of the cob loaf nice and crispy and heat through your dip.
Spinach Dip In Bread
If there is a tasty way to enjoy spinach, then it’s a spinach dip in bread. I know many people that are not keen on spinach, but add it to sour cream and grated cheese and cream cheese and they are there with bells on.
You can also make ahead your spinach dip, wilt the spinach, and do the sour cream, load up the fillings, then place it into the fridge and just heat it up as you need it.
More Air Fryer Party Ideas
Whilst I do adore a cob loaf dip, there are a few other air fryer party recipes that I love equally.
Including air fryer sausage rolls. Perfect for the festive season and who doesn’t love a sausage roll? You can also make my slimming world sausage rolls that are made with wraps instead of pastry and just as yummy.
Or for something as equally amazing for the wow factor, why not try air fryer baked brie? You wrap brie in pastry and cook it in the air fryer and then even better, use the air fryer to reheat the leftovers.
Or if you just want something easy to cook from frozen try these:
Air Fryer Spinach Cob
- Air Fryer
- Place fresh spinach and sour cream into a silicone baking pan or a similar container and air fry for 8 minutes at 180c/360f. This will wilt your spinach and heat up the sour cream.
- Whilst the air fryer is on, slice the lid off the top of your cob loaf.
- Then remove the majority of the bread centre.
- When the air fryer beeps remove the baking pan and add the other ingredients to the container and mix well.
- Load the filling into the cob loaf and top with the extra 28g of grated cheese.
- Place into the air fryer basket over a layer of foil and cook for 6 minutes at 200c/400f before serving.