Stuffed bread loaf

This weekend was the weekend of leftovers, and I love leftovers. I love them because I don't have to make dinner, for one thing and mostly because all the real work is already done, leftovers free me up to be creative in a low-key way.  So, this stuffed bread is an idea for an easy-to-put-together appetizer that guests will enjoy, and a way to use your leftovers too.

This is a very flexible recipe, and you can adjust amounts and ingredients to what you have hanging out in the fridge. Switch out the ham for turkey or the provolone for Swiss or cheddar. Add grilled eggplant slices, chopped olives, salami, ricotta, grilled zucchini, sun-dried tomatoes... There really is no end to combination with this recipe.

Honestly, there's nothing like a versatile recipe to make my day. Add to that affordable and quick and you have a real winner for me!!!

1 round bread loaf
1/3 cup olive oil
1 tsp dried oregano
1/2 tsp pepper
1/4 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
1 tsp minced garlic
1/4 pound (115g) sliced ham
7 oz (200g) sliced provolone or mozzarella cheese
1 (12 oz / 340g)) jar roasted red peppers, drained

Slice the bread vertically but not all the way through the bottom.
Combine oil, oregano, pepper, crushed red pepper flakes and garlic in a medium bowl. Stir to mix well. Brush generously the interior with this mixture.

In assembly line fashion, make piles of cheese, ham and roasted red peppers to fit down in your bread slices. Be sure the pepper rings are drained well to prevent a soggy sandwich.

Preheat the oven to 350ºF (180ºC) and place the bread 20 mn until cheese is melted. 

Note : You can add other ingredients like sun-dried tomatoes, sliced olives, pesto, marinated artichokes, grilled eggplant slices, ricotta, salami.... just use your imagination!!!

Pain de campagne fourré


1 grand pain de campagne
75 ml d'huile d'olive
1 càc d'origan
1/2 càc de poivre
1/4 càc de paprika
1 càc d'ail écrasé
200 g de tranches de jambon
200 g de fromage provolone tranché ou de mozzarella
1 boîte de 340 g de poivrons rouges égouttés

Couper la miche aux 2/3 de sa hauteur. Réserver la calotte. 
Dans un bol, mélanger l'huile avec l'origan, le poivre, le paprika et l'ail.
Badigeonner généreusement l'intérieur du pain de ce mélange.

Disposer en rangs successifs les poivrons grillés, les tranches de fromage, et le jambon.

Préchauffer le four à 180ºC et placer le pain environ 20 mn jusqu'à ce que le fromage fonde.

Note : On pourra substituer ou ajouter d'autres ingrédients tels que : des tomates séchées dans l'huile égouttées, des olives kalamata hachées grossièrement, du pesto, des artichauts marinés et épongés, de la ricotta, du salami....


  1. This would be a piece of heaven for my husband. It looks delicious...appetizing, mouthwatering. I could run out of words telling you how amazing it looks. It's definitely a great way to use left overs.

    Have a great day, Cherine :)

  2. Terrific! A devilishly scrummy treat.



  3. Wow, this looks impressive and extremely delicious! I could lick my monitor, mmmmm....

  4. Utterly delicious looking bread.

  5. This looks totally scrumptious!

  6. Wow, I want to tear right into that scrumptious looking loaf. That and a salad is my idea of a great meal.

  7. Oh, just look at all that yummy melty cheese! That's definitely the way to this girl's heart. :)

  8. Hello That looks so good.... Them leftovers never fail!
    Thank you.

  9. This is a wonderful meal with an equally wonderful glass of wine; see how simple can equal perfect!

  10. Oooooooh hell yeah!!!!!!!!! There are no other words.

  11. Oooh, What a delicious way to use leftovers!!! Absolutely mouth-watering stuffed bread :) Lovely idea, Chicho!

  12. Every now and then we will have grilled cheese sandwiches for dinner. Your version looks delicious and I love the idea of using leftovers!

  13. Oh my, now that is an amazing way to use leftovers...all that melted cheese looks fantastic!

  14. I am on a diet...I WAS on a diet !!! What a great way to break it !!!

  15. Oh my gosh, this bread is talking to me indeed. Firstly, a big fan of left overs, and secondly, anything with melted cheese. yum!

  16. Oh my god.. look at the lovely cheese! Can't stop my saliva from dripping out from my mouth!

  17. oh wow. thats awesome. its like a pizza bread loaf. I love it.

  18. Hi! I found you on Pinterest! I love you blog! I am a new follower and would love it if you would stop by and become my newest follower!

    Have a great night!

  19. That's the most marvelous thing I've seen in ages! How wonderful!

  20. I actually gasped when I saw this. This is perfect! I am making this SOON.

  21. Is this mould, on the last photo in the lower right part of the bread?

  22. You, Sir or Madame, are surely some kind of genius. Genius.

  23. Wow, I made this last weekend and when I brought it out there were ooo's and ahhh's and things like "that's a whole meal". There was nothing left of it in a matter of 30 minutes! Thank you!

  24. Oh my God. You are a genius. Why haven't I thought of this?!
    So when it's done baking, do you slice through it? I'm a little confused as to how to eat it.

  25. @chezsasha: Thank you for this sweet comment. Actually, yes when it's done baking, you can slice it through and eat it! Enjoy

  26. will have to try this for sure

  27. This was the conversation I had with my husband as I was cooking:

    James: *squeeeeeee* (yes, he actually let out a high pitched squeel) Is THIS what you are making me for supper?!

    Me: Yes...(raised eyebrow)

    James: You are the best wife EV.ER.

    Thanks for helping me be the best wife ever.

    1. That's great Tricia!!! So happy to read this!

  28. This is a wonderful way to use leftovers, it's so easy und looks really delish, even if you have guests in your house!


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