Stuffed French Bread

Total Time:
3 hr 15 min
15 min
3 hr

12 servings

  • 1 large loaf French bread
  • 2 (8-ounce) packages cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 red bell pepper, seeded and diced
  • 1/3 cup chopped fresh parsley leaves
  • 1 (0.7-ounce) package Italian salad dressing mix
  • 1 (2 1/4-ounce) jar chopped dried beef, optional

Slice the loaf lengthwise, and remove the excess dough from the inside to make room for the stuffing. In a medium size bowl, combine all of the remaining ingredients and mix well. Fill the hollowed bread with the mixture. Reassemble the loaf, wrap in plastic wrap, and refrigerate until ready to serve, approximately 3 hours. To serve, slice the loaf into 1-inch sections.

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    This is fantastic! Super easy and delicious. I made it a second time using ham instead of the chipped beef. I also added some shredded co-jack cheese.I will make again soon using ranch dressind mix instead of the italian, I think it will work well too. This is a must have from anything to bridal/baby showers to wedding reception dinners. 5*'s all the way!
    I made this for a pot luck, since it was around Christmas, I used red and green peppers, added green onions, and chopped up some thin sliced Ham instead of the dried Beef. I also used Baguettes. It was a hit !!!! And looked like Christmas with both colors of Peppers.
    Served this at two parties and everyone loved it. I did try it out first as it was written and there was too much cream cheese using regular french bread. I use a Baguette instead and just took out the top half of the bread and it came out much better. I needed two loaves to use up all the filling which was fine. I got more serving out of it and I needed it because everyone loved it. The filling could be used as a dip also and it would go over well. Definitely a keeper. Did not use beef but did add green onions.
    This recipe sounds great for a large crowd. I am planning on making it for my church bible study on Tuesday nights.

    Only thing I think I will do is omit the dried beef. Probably be less salty and another member is making wings, so I think this will go nicely with it. I will cook some ground beef. Drain and cool it. Then mix it in. I think that will be more heartier and better tasting.
    this is one of my absolute favorites although i have omitted the dried beef. I make this all the time especially if i need something for a crowd pleaser
    I love this stuffed bread!! I have made it for parties and I always get compliments on it and requests for the recipe. I just love Paula Deen. Everything she makes is soooo good!!
    Great appetizer, especially for Wine Parties!
    Great, easy tailgating recipe.
    This was a big hit with my fammily. They all love bread and cream cheese. With both together was a sin, I did not have any thing left over. This bread was great for my apitiser
    This is so feeds a lot. I've used it with guests everyone LOVES it!
    I made this to take on our boat and it was delicious...a nice change from the old stand-by sandwiches. This is also a great spread for appetizers served on baguettes or with crackers.
    This recipe is So good. I omitted the beef because it tasted too salty to me, however, the rest of the ingredients mixed up were so fresh tasting! As a previous person recommended, I used a baguette which really made for a nice appetizer on a hot summer night. I think the idea of adding green onions is great and I'm going to try that next time. It was so easy to make and what a great addition to my appetizer selection!
    My boyfriend and I loved this. I made us a picnic and we went out to the Lake. This was easy and tasty and we both loved it. He still asks me to make it.
 can it look bad?
    This is my best ever recipe for wows. I use this as a "take-in" to the office or any place where you might "treat" a group to something from the kitchen.
    This receipe is wonderful! The taste and presentation are marvelous. I had several vegaterians over for dinner, so I omited the dried beef and substituted a couple of chopped green onions. We ate most of the loaf before we even started on dinner.

    When my mother and sister drove for three hours to come to my house for lunch I thought that I would make the stuffed french bread. What an absolutely wonderful lunch it made! A lite salad and some tea made the meal! You go Paula!!!
    I decided to give this recipe a try and used several, smaller hoagie size buns. They were devoured by my family who thinks they're awesome.
    I made this for our family Thanksgiving dinner. It didn't last long on the table. I made two (2) loafs. One with meat one without.
    This recipe was perfect as a "sandwich" served with homemade chicken soup for a group. I also served it as an appetizer for a large group. The second time I served it, I added a bit of horseradish (about 2 tsp) added zip.
    I made this recipe for a Christmas party. I had friends asking for the recipe while I was slicing the bread, even before they had tasted it!! It was a huge hit, everyone at the table loved it and asked for the recipe. Just another Paula "hit" for my recipe box!
    This is a great lunchbox recipe. My family loved it.
    I made this for my daughter's baby shower. It was so good, I made up about half the bread and it was gone and the guests were wanting more, they ate it up. Everyone asked for this recipe.
    Fast and easy and you will be a hit serving this recipe.
    I only needed enough for two so I used two French rolls. I could alter the amount for just two rolls and it was super easy and quick. Most of all it was really enjoyed by both my husband and myself.
    I made this for a golf group covered dish........I brought the appetizers. Nothings but raves, would highly recommend this recipe. My friends think it was wonderfully delicious
    For appetizers I stuffed the filling in baguettes which were smaller than the french bread. It made the perfect appetizers. This amount of filling makes a lot of appetizers.
    This was a BIG hit at two parties. Easy to make --I made mine with a small baguette, it made a wonderful appetizer.
    Easy, fun and delicious!
    My hubby and youngest son say they HATE cream cheese. When we went to my grand-daughter's kindergarten "graduation", I took 3 of these. Hubby and son ate one by themselves, and the other two were gone in 20 minutes! They were asking for more and I felt like I was "cheating" since it wasn't even my idea! PAULA ROCKS!
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