Stuffed French Bread

We’ve been enjoying a somewhat mild winter here so far. We did have a few nights where it got a little cold, which means time to make comfort food. This simple stuffed French bread really packs a lot of great flavor in every bite, and it is definitely what I’d call comfort food. The meat filling is really quite incredibly yummy. It sort of reminds me of the flavors of a beef stroganoff. The French bread holds up well to the mixture. A lesser bread just isn’t going to do here, unless you want to serve it open-faced (which is actually a pretty good idea now that I think about it).
Stuffed French BreadI love the extra sharp cheddar melted on top of these stuffed French bread sandwiches, but you could certainly use any other good melting cheese. I think a nice smoky provolone would be perfect also, as would Swiss or mozzarella.

Also try my shrimp-stuffed bread.

Stuffed French Bread

This simple stuffed French bread really packs a lot of great flavor in every bite, and it is definitely what I’d call comfort food. The meat filling is really quite incredibly yummy. It sort of reminds me of the flavors of a beef stroganoff.
Course Main
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 403kcal
Author Mike

Ingredients

  • 1 loaf French bread split horizontally, most of the center removed
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 2 tablespoons sweet onion minced
  • 1/2 cup celery chopped
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 1 can cream of mushroom soup
  • 2 tablespoons whole milk
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • Kosher salt to taste
  • freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • 1 1/2 cups extra sharp cheddar cheese shredded
  • 1/2 tablespoon parsley chopped

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350° F.
  • Place bread halves on a baking sheet.
  • Brown the ground beef in a skillet.
  • Add the onion and saute for 2-3 minutes.
  • Drain any excess fat.
  • Add celery and cook until it starts to soften.
  • Add the garlic and saute for 2-3 minutes.
  • Add the soup, milk and Worcestershire sauce.
  • Stir and season with salt and pepper to taste.
  • Cook until mixture is heated through.
  • Pour mixture into bottom bread half and spread out evenly.
  • Add cheese and add bread top.
  • Bake for 10-15 minutes or until the cheese is melted and the bread is golden and crispy.
  • Let rest for 5 minutes before slicing and serving.

Nutrition

Calories: 403kcal | Carbohydrates: 31g | Protein: 23g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 65mg | Sodium: 718mg | Potassium: 325mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 269IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 196mg | Iron: 3mg

Nutritional values are approximate.

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