Stuffed french bread


3/4 cup cream cheese, softened

1/4 cup smoked gouda cheese, softened

1/2 tsp basil

2 cloves garlic, minced

1 tomato, diced and seeded

1 small red onion, diced

3 red bell peppers, roasted, skinned and diced

1/4 to 1/2 cup artichoke hearts

Salt and pepper to taste

1 loaf good french bread or baguette

How to prepare

Process first four ingredients in food processor to thoroughly blend cheeses with seasonings. Add next four ingredients and pulse 2 to 3 times (do not overmix!).

Empty mixture into a bowl. Slice loaf horizontally and remove some of the inside of the bread to make a shell. Fill the bottom half of the bread with the mixture and place the top half on top. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes. (can be made and kept for the next day.)

*you can roast your own bell peppers or you can use 1 – 2 small jar(s) of the peppers that are already roasted and skinned.

This is basically a vegetarian sandwich but you could add diced salami, pepperoni or cooked italian sausage for a heartier sandwich.

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