Bubbling Cauldron

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  • 1 (16 ounce) package processed cheese with jalapeno peppers
  • 2 (15 ounce) cans black beans, well drained
  • 1 cup medium or hot salsa
  • 2 (18 ounce) loaves round marble rye bread, unsliced
  • Pretzel rods
  • Cocktail rye or pumpernickel bread


  1. Melt cheese in medium saucepan over low heat, stirring occasionally.
  2. Remove from heat. Stir in beans and salsa.
  3. Carefully cut center out of bread, leaving 1 1/2-inch shell. Cut bread center into pieces for dipping.
  4. Reserve one pretzel rod. Arrange remaining pretzel rods on serving plate to resemble campfire logs.
  5. Place bread cauldron on pretzels; fill with cheese dip, allowing some to spill over top of bread cauldron. Arrange bread pieces and cocktail bread around cauldron. Place reserved pretzel rod in cheese dip.
  6. Use your favorite Halloween cookie cutters to cut scary shapes from the cocktail bread.
  7. Serve immediately.