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Stuffed Bread Appetizers

You may want to double the recipe for this hearty cold appetizer because I've found that folks just can't seem to stop eating it! —Tracy Westrom, Lansdale, Pennsylvania
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. + chilling
  • Makes
    about 2 dozen

Ingredients

  • 11 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup chopped celery
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup chopped sweet red pepper
  • 1/2 cup chopped water chestnuts
  • 1 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1 loaf (1 pound) French bread, halved lengthwise
  • 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • Dried parsley flakes
  • 4 dill pickle spears
  • 4 slices deli ham

Directions

  • Combine first six ingredients. Hollow out top and bottom of bread, leaving a 1/2-in. shell (discard removed bread or save for another use). Spread thin layer of mayonnaise over bread; sprinkle with parsley.
  • Fill each half with cheese mixture. Wrap pickle spears in ham; place lengthwise over cheese mixture on bottom half of loaf. Replace top; press to seal. Wrap in foil; refrigerate overnight. Just before serving, cut into 1-in. slices.

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