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Stuffed Bread Appetizers Recipe
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Stuffed Bread Appetizers Recipe

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You may want to double the recipe for this hearty cold appetizer because I've found that folks just can't seem to stop eating it! —Tracy Westrom, Lansdale, Pennsylvania
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. + chilling
MAKES:12 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. + chilling
MAKES: 12 servings


  • 2 packages (one 8 ounces, one 3 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup chopped celery
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup chopped sweet red pepper
  • 1/2 cup chopped water chestnuts
  • 1 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1 loaf (26 inches) French bread, halved lengthwise
  • Mayonnaise
  • Dried parsley flakes
  • 4 dill pickle spears
  • 4 slices deli ham


  1. In a large bowl, combine the first six ingredients; set aside.
  2. Hollow out top and bottom of bread, leaving a 1/2-in. shell (discard removed bread or save for another use). Spread thin layer of mayonnaise over bread; sprinkle with parsley.
  3. Fill each half with cheese mixture. Wrap pickle spears in ham; place lengthwise over cheese mixture on bottom half of loaf. Replace top; press together to seal.
  4. Wrap in foil; refrigerate overnight. Just before serving, cut into 1-in. slices. Yield: about 2 dozen.
Originally published as Stuffed Bread Appetizers in Taste of Home's Holiday & Celebrations Cookbook Annual 2003, p230

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Reviewed Jul. 13, 2015

"I added banana peppers and it was well enjoyed by the family!"

Reviewed Mar. 27, 2015

"I made this and liked the idea of a do ahead. I did make a few changes. used 2 packages of onion chive cream cheese spread, black olices, scallions"

Reviewed Feb. 3, 2015

"It is a good recipe with modifications and would be great for a party. The extra 3 oz. besides the 8 oz. of cream cheese seemed to be too much. Also, needs more veggies - I added extra celery, red onion, pecans and craisins. Did not add water chestnuts however but might next time. Don't use baguette as bread as it's too chewy - bread will tear apart trying to take a bite. Do get soft French bread. Definitely need more ham. I used Claussen pickles, quartered, with ham wrapped around each spear - use 3 slices of deli ham for each spear."

Reviewed Feb. 1, 2015


Reviewed Aug. 16, 2014

"This is a winner. I added some chopped black olives and pimentos and that worked fine. I also left the ham off some of it to offer it to some vegetarian friends."

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