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Dijon Poppy Seed Cheese Bread

Total Time

Prep/Total Time: 25 min.


8-10 servings

In her Walkersville, Maryland kitchen, Marianne Kmiecik easily dresses up Italian bread with cheese, Dijon mustard and a hint of lemon juice. "Try it alongside your favorite soup or serve it as a crowd-pleasing appetizer," she says.


  • 1 loaf (1 pound) unsliced Italian bread
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon poppy seeds
  • 2 teaspoons dried minced onion
  • 1-1/4 cups shredded Swiss cheese


  1. Cut bread into 1-in. slices to within 1/4 in. of bottom. In a small bowl, combine the butter, mayonnaise, mustard, lemon juice, poppy seeds and onion. Spread over each slice of bread; sprinkle cheese between the slices.
  2. Place the loaf in an ungreased 15x10x1-in. baking pan. Bake at 375° for 8-10 minutes or until the cheese is melted and the bread is crisp.

Nutrition Facts

1 slice: 282 calories, 17g fat (9g saturated fat), 38mg cholesterol, 446mg sodium, 24g carbohydrate (1g sugars, 1g fiber), 8g protein.

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