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Appetizer Artichoke Bread

 Appetizer Artichoke Bread
Family and friends refer to this as "Maureen's Party Bread" and request it for many gatherings. Serve it as an appetizer or alongside soup for lunch.
12-14 ServingsPrep: 25 min. Bake: 25 min.


  • 1 loaf (1 pound) unsliced French bread
  • 1-1/2 cups (12 ounces) sour cream
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 2 tablespoons sesame seeds
  • 2 cups (8 ounces) shredded Monterey Jack cheese
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 jar (6-1/2 ounces) marinated artichoke hearts, drained and chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley
  • 2 teaspoons lemon-pepper seasoning


  • Cut bread in half lengthwise; hollow out, leaving 1/2-in. shells. Set
  • aside. Place removed bread in a food processor; cover and process
  • until crumbly.
  • In a large bowl, combine the bread crumbs, sour cream, butter and
  • sesame seeds; spread onto a baking sheet. Broil 4 in. from the heat
  • for 8-10 minutes or until lightly browned, stirring once.
  • In a large bowl, combine the crumb mixture, cheeses, artichokes,
  • garlic, parsley and lemon-pepper. Spoon into bread shells.
  • Place on a baking sheet. Bake at 350° for 25 minutes or until
  • golden brown. Slice and serve warm. Yield: 12-14 servings.

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Nutritional Facts: 1 piece equals 321 calories, 22 g fat (13 g saturated fat), 59 mg cholesterol, 550 mg sodium, 20 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 10 g protein.
Wine: Light-Bodied White Wine: Enjoy this recipe with a light-bodied white wine such as Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Grigio.