Preheat oven to 350.

Using a sharp knife, remove a large slice from the top of the bread loaf

Then cut out the center of the loaf, leaving a bowl with a 2-3” thickness of bread around the edges. Dice the bread removed from the center into 1 1 /2-inchcubes.

Place the bread bowl, the top piece of bread and the cubed bread on a baking sheet, and toast in the oven.

In a sauté pan, heat the bacon fat over low heat. Cook onions, garlic, Creole seasoning and peppers for three minutes. Remove from heat.

Place cream cheese in a mixing bow and beat well until smooth. Stir in all of the remaining ingredients, and the cooked onion mixture.

Fill the bread bowl with the cheese mixture. Place the bread “lid” on the loaf and wrap in foil.

Bake for 1 hour.

Serve with the toasted bread squares.