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Stuffed Bread Boat

Total Time

Prep: 25 min. Bake: 20 min.

Makes

6-8 servings

While I was up with one of our babies more than 20 years ago, I heard this "secret" family recipe shared on all-night talk show. None of our 12 children or our growing troop of grandchildren ever pass up this special stuffed bread. - Elaine Bent, Middleboro, Massachusetts

Ingredients

  • 1 loaf (1 pound) unsliced Italian bread
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1 medium green pepper, chopped
  • 1 cup chopped fresh spinach
  • 1 medium tomato, chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Directions

  1. Cut a thin slice off the top of bread; set top aside. Hollow out the loaf, leaving a 1/4-in. shell. Dice removed bread and set aside.
  2. In a nonstick skillet, cook beef over medium heat until no longer pink; drain. Add the onion, green pepper, spinach and tomato; cook 3-4 minutes longer or until vegetables are crisp-tender. Stir in the oregano, salt, pepper, and diced bread.
  3. Spoon into bread shell; replace top. Wrap tightly in heavy-duty foil. Bake at 400° for 20 minutes or until heated through. Cut into slices.
<b>Editor's Note</b> It's easy to mix and match ingredients in the Stuffed Bread Boat. For instance, add some chopped fresh mushrooms or, for lots of color, use a mix of peppers.

Nutrition Facts

1 each: 258 calories, 7g fat (3g saturated fat), 28mg cholesterol, 374mg sodium, 32g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 2g fiber), 16g protein.

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