Recipe: Stuffed Party Baguette Sandwich Appetizers


Stuffed Party Baguette Sandwich Appetizers, Courtesy: "The Appetizer Bible"
Stuffed Party Baguette Sandwich Appetizers, Courtesy: “The Appetizer Bible”

Wow, I really liked these appetizers! They are very easy to make (especially if you take the shortcut I recommend and skip the first five steps) and yet they are really delicious! A great change from the standard dips or cheese and crackers, your guests will eat these up in a flash.  Or, you can serve them as full-size sandwiches for lunch or a light dinner. Either way, they don’t disappoint!

Ingredients:

2 medium red bell peppers (see note below for option to use prepared roasted peppers)
1 loaf French bread (about 14 inches long)
1/4 cup plus 2 Tbsp. fat-free Italian dressing, divided
1 small red onion, very thinly sliced
8 large fresh basil leaves
3 ounces Swiss cheese, very thinly sliced
toothpicks (to secure the sandwiches)


Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 425°F.
  2. Cover large baking sheet with foil; set aside.
  3. To roast bell peppers, cut peppers in half; remove stems, seeds and membranes. Place peppers, cut sides down, on prepared baking sheet. Bake 20 to 25 minutes or until skins are browned.
  4. Transfer peppers from baking sheet to paper bag; close bag tightly. Let stand 10 minutes or until peppers are cool enough to handle and skins are loosened.
  5. Using sharp knife, peel off skins; discard skins. Cut peppers into strips.
  6. Trim ends from bread; discard or reserve for another use, if desired.
  7. Cut loaf lengthwise in half. Remove soft insides of loaf; reserve removed bread for another use, if desired.
  8. Brush 1/4 cup Italian dressing evenly onto cut sides of bread.
  9. Arrange pepper strips in even layer in bottom half of loaf; top with even layer of onion.
  10. Brush onion with remaining 2 Tbsp. Italian dressing; top with layer of basil and cheese.
  11. Replace bread top.
  12. Wrap loaf tightly in heavy-duty plastic wrap; refrigerate at least 2 hours or overnight.
  13. When ready to serve, remove plastic wrap. Cut loaf crosswise into 1-inch slices.
  14. Secure each with a toothpick.

Food Mingle Blog Alternatives and Substitutions:

  • You can skip steps 1-5 if you use prepared roasted pepper strips, which can be purchased in your grocery store, usually near the jarred pickles. That is what I did and it cut down on the time and mess quite a bit! And, the jarred roasted peppers were a mix of red, orange and yellow, which made the sandwiches look extra festive!
  • Be sure to warn your guests that the sandwiches have toothpicks in them.
  • Consider tearing the basil leaves so that they will be easier to eat in the small sandwiches.
  • For even more depth of flavor, add your favorite sliced sandwich meat, such as salami, turkey, ham, or roast beef.
  • I had some leftovers and decided to heat them in the microwave to melt the cheese – just 20 seconds did the trick!

Yield: 12 appetizer servings

Adapted from:  “The Appetizer Bible”

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2 thoughts on “Recipe: Stuffed Party Baguette Sandwich Appetizers

  1. Sarah Honnor September 24, 2014 / 3:38 pm

    Love when they are served on a stick! My style – fancy style! Thanks for the idea

    Like

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