Stuffed Italian Bread Recipe {with Pizza Toppings}

  • 1 loaf of Italian or French bread (I know, how could you use French bread? But you can. It’s okay. I won’t tell anyone.)
  • ½ cup olive oil(Tuscan Herb works well)
  • 1-2 tbsp butter
  • 2-3 cloves of minced garlic
  • 1 tbsp dijon mustard
  • 1 tbsp oregano
  • 1 tbsp thyme
  • 1 tbsp rosemary
  • 1 tbsp basil
  • 1 package of sliced pepperoni
  • 1 lb of ground sausage, cooked and crumbled.
  • 8 ounces of shredded mozzarella cheese
  • grated Parmesan cheese
  • tomato sauce for dipping (optional)
Tools needed:
  • Large pan (turkey pan, perhaps?)
  • Tin foil
  • Cooking spray
  • Basting brush
  1. Using a bread knife (or any serrated knife available), slice gently on the diagonal, in one direction, being careful not to slice all the way to the bottom, then criss-crossing in the opposite direction, creating an X pattern.
  2. Spread out a large piece of tin foil, sprayed with cooking spray, and place the bread on it, ensuring the foil is large enough to fit underneath it and close. (You might need two pieces.) Place the tin foil and bread into the baking pan you will be using
  3. If you haven’t already, prepare your sausage and cut up your pepperoni; set aside
  4. Melt the butter, and preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Mix the melted butter, olive oil, seasonings, garlic, and mustard together
  5. Using a small basting brush, baste the seasoned olive oil mixture into every crevice of the bread, making sure every interior surface has been coated. (It is okay to get it on the crust, too.)
  6. Start stuffing the bread, first with sausage, then with pepperoni.
  7. Finally stuff the bread with both cheeses
  8. Sprinkle the top with a little more Parmesan
  9. Spray more cooking spray onto the foil before wrapping the foil closed, so the bread won’t stick, then close the foil, forming a pouch
  10. Place into the oven for 15-20 minutes; remove the foil from the top and place back into the oven for 5-10 minutes to brown
  11. Remove from foil and place onto a platter to serve
  12. You can use a bread knife to cut off sections to serve, or have folks pick up one square at a time if they choose
  13. *from crazy adentures in parenting

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October 7, 2017

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