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.  Meaty, cheesy, savory little “open face” sandwiches are always a family favorite.

Why Stuff a Loaf of French Bread?

The kids will think these are fun to eat and the grown ups will love a delicious, quick and easy comfort meal.  Besides that, french bread is just awesome whether it's eaten stuffed or all by itself!

Ground beef, seasonings, and cheese are combined with evaporated milk and oatmeal.  Why evaporated milk instead of regular milk, you may wonder...

What is Evaporated Milk?

Evaporated milk is real milk that has had about 60% of its water removed by an evaporation process.  This process creates a much more creamy, rich, savory milk than regular milk. 

There are so many excellent ways to use evaporated milk instead of regular milk or cream in your recipes and even in your coffee!  From creamy desserts to savory main dishes, evaporated milk is an excellent replacement for regular milk.  

The oatmeal is simply used as a "binder" and thickener.  It really doesn't matter whether you use quick oaks or old fashioned oats for this recipe.  But I would NOT recommend using instant oatmeal or steel oats.  And trust me, your kids won't even know they're eating oatmeal.  Ha! 

Fresh Out of the Oven

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stuffed french bread

Yields6 Servings

 1 ½ lbs Ground beef, cooked and drained
 5 oz Evaporated milk
 1 Egg, beaten
 ½ cup Onion, diced
 ½ cup Oatmeal, uncooked, quick or regular
 1 tbsp Yellow mustard
 1 tbsp Steak sauce (such as A-1)
 1 tsp Salt
 ½ tsp Pepper
 3 cups Cheddar cheese, shredded (2 cups for beef mixture, 1 cup for topping)
 1 Loaf of French Bread

1

Preheat oven to 350. 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.

2

Brown the ground beef with the onion until the beef is done, remove from heat, and drain off the fat. Mix in the remaining ingredients. Stuff equally into each half, top with remaining 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.

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Ingredients

 1 ½ lbs Ground beef, cooked and drained
 5 oz Evaporated milk
 1 Egg, beaten
 ½ cup Onion, diced
 ½ cup Oatmeal, uncooked, quick or regular
 1 tbsp Yellow mustard
 1 tbsp Steak sauce (such as A-1)
 1 tsp Salt
 ½ tsp Pepper
 3 cups Cheddar cheese, shredded (2 cups for beef mixture, 1 cup for topping)
 1 Loaf of French Bread

Directions

1

Preheat oven to 350. 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.

2

Brown the ground beef with the onion until the beef is done, remove from heat, and drain off the fat. Mix in the remaining ingredients. Stuff equally into each half, top with remaining 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.

Family Favorite Stuffed French Bread