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Sandwich Bear

I created this fun sandwich for a picnic-style meal at a teddy bear theme baby shower. The cheerful, chubby bear is formed using a round bread and rolls filled with meats, cheese and a seasoned spread. When the guest of honor mentioned plans for a teddy theme in her nursery, I latched on to the idea for a gathering. -Susan Schuller, Brainerd, Minnesota
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 20 min.
  • Makes
    12 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon prepared mustard
  • 1/4 cup chopped green onions
  • 1 round loaf (10-inch diameter) unsliced bread
  • 6 rolls (one 5 inches and five 3-1/2 inches)
  • Leaf lettuce, optional
  • 3/4 pound thinly sliced deli ham
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese, divided
  • 3/4 pound thinly sliced deli turkey
  • 2 large pitted ripe olives

Directions

  • In a small bowl, beat cream cheese until light and fluffy. Stir in the mayonnaise, mustard and onions. Slice bread and rolls one-third from the bottom of each. Carefully hollow out tops of bread and rolls, leaving a 1/2-in. shell.
  • Spread cream cheese mixture on cut sides; top with lettuce if desired. Fill loaf with ham and half of the cheddar cheese. Fill the rolls with turkey and remaining cheese. Replace all tops.
  • To assemble bear, place loaf on a large board. Place 5-in. roll on top for head and four small rolls for paws. Cut the remaining small roll in half for ears. Use one olive for nose. Cut remaining olive in half; secure with toothpicks for eyes. Cover and refrigerate for up to 2 hours.

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  • anchortown68
    Jan 15, 2012

    So simple but delicious. I made extra sandwiches for the next day and my family gobbled them up! I made this for my daughter's 6th birthday party. The theme was teddy bears.