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Ham and Cheese Bread

"Ham and cheese baked inside bread dough makes a hearty snack," says Marian Christensen of Sumner, Michigan.
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. Bake: 35 min.
  • Makes
    10-12 servings


  • 1 package (16 ounces) frozen chopped broccoli
  • 2 loaves (1 pound each) frozen bread dough, thawed
  • 3 cups shredded cheddar, Swiss and/or Monterey Jack cheese
  • 2 cups finely chopped fully cooked ham
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1 teaspoon poppy seeds


  • Cook broccoli according to package directions. Drain and cool.
  • Roll each loaf of dough into a 15x10-in. rectangle. Place one in a greased 15x10x1-in. baking pan. Sprinkle with broccoli, cheese and ham to within 1/2 in. of edges. Place second rectangle on top, sealing edges.
  • Brush the top with butter; sprinkle with poppy seeds. Bake at 350° for 35-40 minutes or until golden brown. Serve warm.
Nutrition Facts
1 piece: 270 calories, 14g fat (8g saturated fat), 47mg cholesterol, 707mg sodium, 23g carbohydrate (2g sugars, 2g fiber), 15g protein.

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  • ms11145
    Mar 12, 2020

    As one reviewer stated, this is a lot of bread. I free formed it on my stone. To make the dough stretch thinner, I worked it as if it was pizza dough. Stretching it seemed to make it larger. For the toppings, I carmelized onions in just very little olive oil. Then I stir fried the chopped fresh broccoli in the same pan. For the cheese, I chose a gouda which melts really well. I do love this recipe as it is so versatile: can change up the meats and the cheeses. Even adding mushrooms would be a nice addition.

  • Joy
    Mar 24, 2018

    My mom has made this for years - always hits the spot and it can be frozen before cooked!! Easy to assemble and very yummy!

  • hiclas
    Apr 15, 2013

    I have been making this sandwich for years after the recipe appeared in Taste of Home Magazine, and my family loves it! I make it with chopped ham for the most flavor, equal amounts of cheddar and swiss cheeses, make sure the broccoli is finely chopped and lastly, I sprinkle genrous amounts garlic and onion powders over the top of the bread before baking. I serve it with homemade Tomato Soup.

  • LibbiPeach
    Nov 18, 2011

    While this was very good and tasty, it was an awful lot of bread. Fairly simple to make also.