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Stuffed Bread Appetizers

Total Time

Prep: 20 min. + chilling

Makes

about 2 dozen

You may want to double the recipe for this hearty cold appetizer because I've found that folks just can't seem to stop eating it! —Tracy Westrom, Lansdale, Pennsylvania

Ingredients

  • 11 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup chopped celery
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup chopped sweet red pepper
  • 1/2 cup chopped water chestnuts
  • 1 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1 loaf (1 pound) French bread, halved lengthwise
  • 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • Dried parsley flakes
  • 4 dill pickle spears
  • 4 slices deli ham

Directions

  1. Combine first six ingredients. Hollow out top and bottom of bread, leaving a 1/2-in. shell (discard removed bread or save for another use). Spread thin layer of mayonnaise over bread; sprinkle with parsley.
  2. Fill each half with cheese mixture. Wrap pickle spears in ham; place lengthwise over cheese mixture on bottom half of loaf. Replace top; press to seal. Wrap in foil; refrigerate overnight. Just before serving, cut into 1-in. slices.

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