Suzie’s Stuffed Bread | Dishin & Dishes

Suzie's Stuffed Bread | Dishin & Dishes


Oh my goodness you guys! This recipe for Suzie’s Stuffed Bread is so yummy! You’re going to love it! Imagine a heavenly, cheesy dip baked inside of a long loaf of french bread that is baked in the oven until the outside of the bread is crispy and the inside is soft and warm.


Are you drooling yet?

You should be! It’s fantastic! My son and his beautiful wife Makayla were home from Virginia for two weeks on Navy leave and I had so much fun with them!

They went to a party one night with some of Conner’s high school friends and their wives/girlfriends and they took this stuffed bread.  After I saw it come out of the oven I had some issues that the kids were taking this wonderful pan of goodness out of the house to somewhere else, so I asked her to make it for us on Christmas for our family party!

I’m calling it Suzie’s Stuffed Bread because it is a recipe her mom Suzie has made for years, and it’s always one of the first things that disappears wherever it’s served.

One day Suzie and I are going to cook together somewhere. I think she must be my soul mate! Makayla has been telling me all about all the wonderful things her mom bakes and if they are anything like this stuffed bread, I can’t imagine how lucky she’s been to have indulged in them for years!

Also, can I just share with you how much we love Makayla as an addition to our family?  She is such a sweet soul and I love to watch how well her and Conner love each other!

Anyway, I got to have this twice because one night before Christmas,  Makayla and I made some homemade fusilli pasta and I talked her into making another recipe of the stuffed bread for us. (And then she made it again on Christmas!)

Then I sat on a stool in front of her and watched and took pictures!

It starts with a loaf of french bread. And don’t be messing around with those thin stick-like french breads! You’re going to need a large loaf to hold all this goodness. Trust me! Just get one of those loafs from the bakery that are around a dollar.

Then you slice it in half length-wise…

And you scoop out the bread from the bottom half of the bread with your fingers to look like a hollowed-out boat. *Note – there is so much filling, of late I’ve been hollowing out both sides of the bread and filling it. Why not have twice the goodness? Also it’s fun to slice one up and leave the other side for dipping for crackers!

If you’re going to do it all on one side, then don’t hollow out the top of the bread. That’s going to be for later!

Next Makayla mixed up 2 packages of cream cheese with 2 jars of dried beef that she chopped up pretty finely, 2 cans of green chiles and 2 cups of shredded cheddar cheese.  She said it’s easiest to just dig in with your hands and mix it all together! I’ve also used my KitchenAid or hand mixer and they work quickly and great as well!

Incidentally, if you’ve never used dried beef before it comes in a jar like this…

It is salty goodness and adds so much flavor to the spread.

After you get it well-mixed, wash your now, really messy hands and using a large spoon or spatula, spread it evenly into the hollowed-out bottom of the french loaf. It might help to line your baking sheet with tin foil because you know – NO CLEANUP AFTER!

Use your large spoon to level out the filling.

The pop the top of the bread back on and loosely tent foil around the whole thing.

Next you’ll need to put the pan into a preheated 400º oven.

Let this bake for about 45 minutes. As an option, about 10 minutes before it’s done, you can brush the top of the bread with melted butter and pop it back into the oven uncovered.

Did I mention this is a purely indulgent recipe?

Remove your bread from the oven and slice through into about 1 – 1 1/2 inch slices and serve warm with crackers as well. I really loved it with crackers, but then again I loved it with that warm bread with the crispy baked crust as well!

You guys, this is pure indulgence…I mean holy cow! You must take this to your next party…it’s so good!

Suzie’s Stuffed Bread


  • 1 large loaf french bread
  • 2 (12 oz) packages of cream cheese
  • 2 (7 oz) cans green chiles
  • 2 (2½ oz)jars dried beef, chopped finely
  • 2 c. shredded cheddar cheese
  • ⅓ c. melted butter (optional)
  1. Preheat oven to 400º
  2. Line a large baking sheet with tin foil
  3. Using a serrated knife, slice bread length-wise all the way through. Place bottom of bread on line baking sheet
  4. Using hands pull out most of the bread from the inside of the bottom piece of french bread, forming a hollowed-out boat but still leaving some of the bread around the sides and bottom for stability
  5. Mix together the next 5 ingredients well and spoon evenly into the hollowed out bottom of french loaf smoothing with a spoon evenly-
  6. Place top of french bread over the filling as a cap.
  7. Loosely tent the entire stuffed bread with a large piece of foil, kind of pressing around it with your hands down to the baking sheet
  8. Bake in preheated oven for about 45 minutes
  9. If desired melt butter and brush over top of bread about 35 minutes into the baking.Uncover the bread for the remaining 10 minutes.
  10. Remove from oven and slice with serrated knife into slices
  11. Serve with crackers if desired as well

Alternately, you can opt to hollow out and stuff both sides of the bread because there is a LOT of filling.

Calories: 1685 Fat: 152 g Saturated fat: 98 g Trans fat: 3 g Carbohydrates: 26 g Sugar: 5 g Sodium: 2954 mg Fiber: 5 g Protein: 53 g Cholesterol: 418 mg



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zucchini pizza veggie bites


Today I am partnering up with Produce for Kids to feature a healthy recipe for kiddos featuring produce. As a super fan of vegetables I made these cute little Zucchini Pizza Bites.

Zucchini Pizza Bites

Then Mr. Wonderful and I ate two entire cookie sheets full of them for dinner.

Did I mention we are kids at heart?

when you make these, I’d like to encourage you to throw the kids into the mix and have them help you make these because, as we’ve found out with our own kids and grandkids, when kids help cook, they tend to be more adventurous to eat what they’ve helped cook!

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Let me show you how I made these little cuties!

Start out by slicing two large zucchini into 1/4-1/2 inch rounds and laying them out, spaced out so the sides aren’t touching on a lined cookie sheet.

slice zucchini pizza bites

Now using a small teaspoon, spread about approximately 1/4 teaspoon of pesto each on one set of bites on one pan.

pesto on zucchini bites

Then spread 1/4 teaspoon of pizza sauce or marinara sauce on the other set of zucchini bites on the other pan.

spread marinara on zucchini bites

Next, sprinkle your choice of cheese on each bite. I used some leftover smoked Gouda on the pesto but mozzarella would be the obvious choice.

sprinkle cheese on zucchini pizza bites

Then I sprinkled some crumbled feta on each marinara topped bite on the other pan.  Cheddar or pepper jack would be some other fun choices! And oops! I forgot a picture!

Now on to the toppings.  I thought funny faces on these little bites would be fun so I looked in my produce drawer for some options.

These tri-colored sweet peppers would be perfect.

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I sliced them in half long ways and then sliced them into little half rings which would be perfect for little mouths, or flower petals or whatever.

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Other options I used were sliced black olives, chopped mushrooms, mini pepperoni’s and chopped broccoli and, as an afterthought later, I added some torn kale leaves because I have LOADS of it in my garden.

zucchini pizza bite toppings

Then the fun began!

Can I just say that I really got playful with this and was actually laughing to myself while creating some of these faces?

Broccoli became hair on this guy while black olive slices became his eyes and I stuck on a mushroom nose.

Zucchini Pizza Bite funny face 1

This guy was just a straight-up smiley face!

Pizza zucchini bites 2

And you HAVE to have a pepperoni bite in there because …it’s a classic.

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This one became a flower.

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This is big eyes and a big nose guy!

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And with red hair.


And a 

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And this one looks like a kid with a mohawk!

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You could go on and on with these.

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How about a clown with kale hair?

Zucchini Pizza Veggie Bites

Now you’ll need to pop them into the oven at 350º for ten minutes. You want the zucchini cooked but not mushy and the cheese to be melted.

Zucchini Pizza Bites Pesto

And let the kids dig in…or the adults…which is what we did!


pizza zucchini vegetable bites

After all that work, these lasted about 3 minutes.

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Zucchini Pizza Bites

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  • 2 large zucchini, sliced 1/4-1/2inch thick
  • 1/4 c. pizza or marinara sauce
  • 1/4 c. basil pesto
  • 1/4 c. shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1/4 c. feta cheese, finely crumbled
  • sliced black or green olives
  • 1 T. each sliced colored peppers
  • 2 broccoli florets, chopped
  • 1 kale leaf, torn into small pieces
  • 1 button mushroom chopped
  • 2 T. mini pepperonis
  • Slice zucchini and lay spaced out on parchment paper lined cookie sheets
  • On one cookie sheet dollop 1/4 t. basil pesto on each zucchini and spread almost to edges
  • On 2nd cookie sheet dollop 1/4 t. marinara or pizza sauce on each zucchini and spread almost to edges
  • Sprinkle with cheese of choice
  • Use remaining veggies and pepperoni to make cute funny face or designs on each pizza bite
  • Bake for 10 minutes or until zucchini bites are softened (but not mushy) and cheese is melted.
  • Other topping ideas:
  • Crumbled sausage or turkey sausage
  • Crumbled hamburger or ground turkey
  • Bacon bits
  • carrot matchsticks
  • roasted red peppers, chopped
  • sun-dried tomatoes
  • chopped garlic
  • Smoked gouda cheese, shredded
  • shredded cheddar cheese
  • The possibilities are endless!


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