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cheeseburger stuffed french bread

Family Favorite Stuffed French Bread

Stuffed french bread is an excellent meal choice for a busy family.  In a short amount of time, you'll have a delicious hot homemade meal with easy cleanup. After baking, slice the loaves into easy to hold individual mini sandwiches.  
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes

Equipment

  • large pan
  • measuring cup(s)
  • measuring spoons

Ingredients

  • 1 Loaf of French Bread
  • 1 pound Ground beef
  • 1/2 cup Onion, diced
  • 1 5-oz can Evaporated milk
  • 1 Egg, beaten
  • 1/2 cup Oats, uncooked, quick or regular
  • 1 tablespoon Yellow mustard
  • 1 tablespoon Steak sauce (such as A-1)
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon Pepper
  • 3 cups Cheddar cheese, shredded (2 cups for beef mixture, 1 cup for topping)

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350F. Slice the french bread in half lengthwise. Press down the inside of each half with your fingers, (or remove some of the bread) creating an indention to hold the meat mixture. Place each half onto a baking sheet. 
  • Brown the ground beef with the onion until the beef is done, remove from heat, and drain off the fat. Mix in the evaporated milk, egg, oats, mustard, steak sauce, salt, pepper, and 2 cups cheddar cheese.
  • Stuff equally into each half, top with remaining 1 cup cheese, and bake for about 20 minutes. Midway through cooking, check to see if the edges of the bread are browning too quickly. If so, loosely cover the loaves with foil and continue baking.  
  • After baking, slice into hand-held size serving pieces.

Notes

Make-Ahead Instructions: Prepare the beef filling a day or two in advance; then stuff the french bread right before baking.
 
Easy Substitutions
  • For a change of pace, you could use cooked chuck roast instead of the ground hamburger meat.  Just cook and shred the roast; then proceed with the rest of the recipe instructions. 
  • Cooked, shredded chicken is a great substitution for ground beef.
  • Instead of french bread, use yeast rolls or small hoagie buns.