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Sausage-Stuffed French Loaf

 Sausage-Stuffed French Loaf
When my family first tried this sandwich loaf, they suggested I include it as part of our annual New Year's Day celebration. It tastes great with homemade soup.
6-8 ServingsPrep: 20 min. Bake: 20 min.

Ingredients

  • 1 loaf (1 pound) French bread
  • 1/2 pound ground turkey or beef
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  • 1/2 pound bulk pork sausage
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon fennel seed
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 garlic clove, minced

Directions

  • Cut a thin slice off the top of the bread. Hollow out bottom half,
  • leaving a 1/4-in. shell. In a food processor or blender, process
  • bread crumbs until coarse; set aside 1 cup. (Discard remaining
  • crumbs or save for another use.)
  • In a skillet, brown beef, sausage and onion; drain. Stir in reserved
  • crumbs, cheese, egg, parsley, mustard, pepper, salt and fennel; mix
  • well. Spoon into bread shell; replace bred top. Place on a large
  • sheet of heavy-duty foil.

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Sausage-Stuffed French Loaf (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • In a small saucepan, melt butter; add garlic and cook for 1 minute.
  • Brush over tops and sides of loaf. Seal the foil.
  • Bake at 400° for 20 minutes or until cheese is melted. Yield: 6-8
  • servings.
Nutritional Facts: 1 serving (1 slice) equals 337 calories, 15 g fat (7 g saturated fat), 67 mg cholesterol, 674 mg sodium, 32 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 17 g protein.