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Stuffed Bread Boat

 Stuffed Bread Boat
While I was up with one of our babies more than 20 years ago, I heard this "secret" family recipe shared on all-night talk show. None of our 12 children or our growing troop of grandchildren ever pass up this special stuffed bread. - Elaine Bent, Middleboro, Massachusetts
6-8 ServingsPrep: 25 min. Bake: 20 min.

Ingredients

  • 1 loaf (1 pound) unsliced Italian bread
  • 1 pound ground turkey or beef
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  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1 medium green pepper, chopped
  • 1 cup chopped fresh spinach
  • 1 medium tomato, chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Directions

  • Cut a thin slice off the top of bread; set top aside. Hollow out the
  • loaf, leaving a 1/4-in. shell. Dice removed bread and set aside.
  • In a nonstick skillet, cook beef over medium heat until no longer
  • pink; drain. Add the onion, green pepper, spinach and tomato; cook
  • 3-4 minutes longer or until vegetables are crisp-tender. Stir in the
  • oregano, salt, pepper, and diced bread.
  • Spoon into bread shell; replace top. Wrap tightly in heavy-duty foil.
  • Bake at 400° for 20 minutes or until heated through. Cut into
  • slices. Yield: 6-8 servings.
It's easy to mix and match ingredients in the Stuffed Bread Boat. For instance, add some chopped fresh mushrooms or, for lots of color, use a mix of peppers.

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Nutritional Facts: 1 serving (1 each) equals 258 calories, 7 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 28 mg cholesterol, 374 mg sodium, 32 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 16 g protein.