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Sausage-Stuffed French Loaf

When my family first tried this sandwich loaf, they suggested I include it as part of our annual New Year's Day celebration. It tastes great with homemade soup.
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. Bake: 20 min.
  • Makes
    6-8 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 loaf (1 pound) French bread
  • 1/2 pound ground beef
  • 1/2 pound bulk pork sausage
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 cup shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon fennel seed
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 garlic clove, minced

Directions

  • Cut a thin slice off the top of the bread. Hollow out bottom half, leaving a 1/4-in. shell. In a food processor or blender, process bread crumbs until coarse; set aside 1 cup. (Discard remaining crumbs or save for another use.)
  • In a skillet, brown beef, sausage and onion; drain. Stir in reserved crumbs, cheese, egg, parsley, mustard, pepper, salt and fennel; mix well. Spoon into bread shell; replace bred top. Place on a large sheet of heavy-duty foil.
  • In a small saucepan, melt butter; add garlic and cook for 1 minute. Brush over tops and sides of loaf. Seal the foil.
  • Bake at 400° for 20 minutes or until cheese is melted.
Nutrition Facts
1 slice: 337 calories, 15g fat (7g saturated fat), 67mg cholesterol, 674mg sodium, 32g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 2g fiber), 17g protein.

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