Bread Bowl Appetizer Recipe
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Bread Bowl Appetizer Recipe

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"This dip is a favorite at potlucks and picnics," says Melissa Cook of Chico, California. "Although it's terrific as an appetizer, we often turn the creamy mixture into a sandwich by spreading it on slices of crusty baguettes."
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. + chilling
MAKES:24 servings
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TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. + chilling
MAKES: 24 servings


  • 1-3/4 cups sour cream
  • 1-3/4 cups mayonnaise
  • 3/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/4 pound deli pastrami, finely chopped
  • 1/4 pound deli corned beef, finely chopped
  • 1/4 pound deli ham, finely chopped
  • 3 tablespoons finely chopped green onions
  • 2 teaspoons onion powder
  • 2 teaspoons celery seed
  • 1 unsliced round bread (1 pound)
  • Assorted crackers or fresh vegetables

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1/4 cup) equals 186 calories, 17 g fat (5 g saturated fat), 27 mg cholesterol, 252 mg sodium, 2 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 3 g protein.


  1. In a large bowl, combine the first nine ingredients; cover and chill for 8 hours or overnight.
  2. To serve dip, cut the top fourth off the loaf of bread. Carefully hollow out bottom of loaf, leaving a 1/2-in. shell. (Save top and removed bread for another use.) Fill shell with dip. Serve with crackers and/or vegetables. Yield: 6 cups dip.
Originally published as Bread Bowl Appetizer in Quick Cooking May/June 2003, p37

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Reviewed Mar. 15, 2011

"You can use the bread left over to put the dip on. Tear into pieces."

Reviewed Jan. 5, 2011

"Made this recipe and love it!!! Did use turkey in place of corned beef and it was delicious!! Would use less celery seed aas per personal preference but otherwise it is a definite keeper!!!!!!"

Reviewed Dec. 17, 2010

"I made this for a Christmas party and it was a huge success. I will certainly make this again."

Reviewed Jan. 4, 2010

"I substituted Turkey for the corned beef and served it in a bread shaped snowman. It was a huge hit at my family's New Years Day gathering."

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