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Appetizer Artichoke Bread

Family and friends refer to this as "Maureen's Party Bread" and request it for many gatherings. Serve it as an appetizer or alongside soup for lunch. —Maureen Buschko, Phoenix, Arizona
  • Total Time
    Prep: 25 min. Bake: 25 min.
  • Makes
    12-14 servings


  • 1 loaf (1 pound) unsliced French bread
  • 1-1/2 cups sour cream
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 2 tablespoons sesame seeds
  • 2 cups shredded Monterey Jack cheese
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 jar (6-1/2 ounces) marinated artichoke hearts, drained and chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley
  • 2 teaspoons lemon-pepper seasoning


  • Cut bread in half lengthwise; hollow out, leaving 1/2-in. shells. Set aside. Place removed bread in a food processor; cover and process until crumbly.
  • In a large bowl, combine the bread crumbs, sour cream, butter and sesame seeds; spread onto a baking sheet. Broil 4 in. from the heat for 8-10 minutes or until lightly browned, stirring once.
  • In a large bowl, combine the crumb mixture, cheeses, artichokes, garlic, parsley and lemon-pepper. Spoon into bread shells.
  • Place on a baking sheet. Bake at 350° for 25 minutes or until golden brown. Slice and serve warm.
Nutrition Facts
1 piece: 321 calories, 22g fat (13g saturated fat), 59mg cholesterol, 550mg sodium, 20g carbohydrate (1g sugars, 1g fiber), 10g protein.
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  • Jane Steinmetz
    Nov 26, 2014

    Love this recipe. Big hit and can make ahead

  • kleescraga
    Apr 29, 2013

    This recipe received positive comments at a party for tasting a friend's new cranberry wine. It was a good accompaniment along with other finger foods. My French bread must have been extra large because the generous portion of filling didn't make the top of the bread, but the filing held together well when I cut the loaf in squares. The smooth, slightly tangy filling pairs well with the crunchy bread. I had made the recipe weeks earlier, baked half and froze half. Yesterday's was the frozen half and it tasted just as good, if not better than the original.

  • lmdjcc
    Dec 15, 2008

    Made this appetizer for a Holiday party this weekend. It is amazing. It was the first app to go and everyone asked me for the recipe. I did not put the sesame seeds in it and I did use 2 cups of cheddar cheese. Loved it.