Sandwich Bear Recipe
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Sandwich Bear Recipe

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I created this fun sandwich for a picnic-style meal at a teddy bear theme baby shower. The cheerful, chubby bear is formed using a round bread and rolls filled with meats, cheese and a seasoned spread. When the guest of honor mentioned plans for a teddy theme in her nursery, I latched on to the idea for a gathering. -Susan Schuller, Brainerd, Minnesota
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 20 min.
MAKES:12 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 20 min.
MAKES: 12 servings


  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon prepared mustard
  • 1/4 cup chopped green onions
  • 1 round loaf (10-inch diameter) unsliced bread
  • 6 rolls (one 5 inches and five 3-1/2 inches)
  • Leaf lettuce, optional
  • 3/4 pound thinly sliced deli ham
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese, divided
  • 3/4 pound thinly sliced deli turkey
  • 2 large pitted ripe olives


  1. In a small bowl, beat cream cheese until light and fluffy. Stir in the mayonnaise, mustard and onions. Slice bread and rolls one-third from the bottom of each. Carefully hollow out tops of bread and rolls, leaving a 1/2-in. shell.
  2. Spread cream cheese mixture on cut sides; top with lettuce if desired. Fill loaf with ham and half of the cheddar cheese. Fill the rolls with turkey and remaining cheese. Replace all tops.
  3. To assemble bear, place loaf on a large board. Place 5-in. roll on top for head and four small rolls for paws. Cut the remaining small roll in half for ears. Use one olive for nose. Cut remaining olive in half; secure with toothpicks for eyes. Cover and refrigerate for up to 2 hours. Yield: 12 servings.
Originally published as Sandwich Bear in Taste of Home February/March 2000, p37

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anchortown68 User ID: 2250136 76328
Reviewed Jan. 15, 2012

"So simple but delicious. I made extra sandwiches for the next day and my family gobbled them up! I made this for my daughter's 6th birthday party. The theme was teddy bears."

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