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Swiss Mushroom Loaf

I'm always prepared for recipe requests when I serve this outstanding stuffed loaf. It's excellent not only as an appetizer but also as a side for pasta or chili. —Heidi Mellon, Waukesha, Wisconsin
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. Bake: 40 min.
  • Makes
    12 servings


  • 1 loaf (1 pound) Italian bread, unsliced
  • 1 block (8 ounces) Swiss cheese, cut into cubes
  • 1 cup sliced fresh mushrooms
  • 1/4 cup softened butter, cubed
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons poppy seeds
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon seasoned salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice


  • Preheat oven to 350°. Cut bread diagonally into 1-in. slices to within 1 in. of bottom of loaf. Repeat cuts in opposite direction. Place cheese cubes and mushrooms in cuts.
  • In a microwave-safe bowl, combine remaining ingredients; microwave, covered, on high until butter is melted, 30-60 seconds. Stir until blended. Spoon over bread.
  • Wrap loaf in foil; place on a baking sheet. Bake until cheese is melted, about 40 minutes.
Nutrition Facts
1 serving: 214 calories, 11g fat (6g saturated fat), 28mg cholesterol, 372mg sodium, 21g carbohydrate (2g sugars, 1g fiber), 9g protein.
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  • delowenstein
    Dec 21, 2018

    I did not have Italian bread, so I'd used a loaf of baked bread from Panera's. I'd made my own garlic-onion spread with cheese which I'd spread on the loaf which had been halved. Then I used the butter mixture which had been presented in the recipe and spooned over the loaf which I put back together after making the cuts and using 7-oz. SLICED Swiss cheese. I did not have mushrooms. I baked the bread about 25 to 30 minutes. This bread sure looked and had an appetizing aroma to it while baking.

  • ms11145
    Jan 13, 2018

    I had to sub mozzarella cheese. Huge hit.

  • manpabrown
    Jan 2, 2013

    My adult children LOVED this. I don't think they will ever serve plain Italian loaf again. The kids don't like swiss cheese so I substituted PepperJack and it was very yummy too.

  • larrydog
    Dec 21, 2012

    No comment left

  • brownsugar
    Oct 30, 2009

    I took this loaf to a party when asked to bring garlic bread. One of the guests remarked that it was the best item at the party. Delicious! I have made it several times.