This week’s recipe is perfect for summer get togethers. Don’t let all the ingredients and steps scare you. It really is very simple. I find it easier to use an electric knife to slice into small appetizer sandwiches. When sliced there should be a pickle slice in each sandwhich. Your appetizer will be the hit of the get together!

Stuffed Bread Appetizers

2 pkgs. (one 8 oz, one 3 oz) 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 tsp. Garlic salt

1 loaf (26 in) French bread (halved lengthwise)


Dried Parsley flakes

4 Dill pickle spears

4 slices deli ham

1. In a large bowl, combine the first 6 ingredients; set aside.

2. Hollow out top and bottom of bread, leaving 1/2 inch shell (discard removed bread or save for another use). Spread thin layer of mayo over bread and sprinkle with the parsley. 

3. 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 together. 

4. Wrap in foil. Refrigerate overnight. Just before serving, cut into 1 inch slices.

Yields: About 2 dozen.