Spicy Italian stuffed bread is an easy weekday lunch

Jan 2, 2015 at 1:30 p.m. ET

I have a love for just about anything stuffed with cheese. When I was a kid, I could often be found sneaking bites of string cheese from the refrigerator. When I found out you could stuff cheese into bread, I just about lost it.

Not only is this bread packed with cheese but also with spicy, hot banana peppers and flavorful, thick-sliced pepperoni. It's the perfect appetizer or a quick and easy lunch.

spicy italian stuffed bread

Spicy Italian stuffed bread recipe

You should never have to choose between cheese, pepperoni and bread. This super-stuffed bread is perfect for the holiday season or as an easy lunch.

Serves 4-6

Prep time: 15 minutes | Bake time: 20 minutes | Total time: 35 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1 large (oval-shaped) sourdough bread
  • 2 cups mozzarella cheese
  • 2 cups sliced pepperoni
  • 1 cup spicy banana peppers
  • Olive oil

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F, and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Make slices into the bread, 1 inch apart. Cut down almost to the bottom but not all the way through.
  3. Stuff each slice with equal amounts cheese, pepperoni and spicy banana peppers.
  4. Mist the outside of the bread with olive oil, and cover with foil.
  5. Place the stuffed bread onto the prepared baking sheet.
  6. Bake for 10 minutes, uncover the foil, and bake for another 10 minutes until all the cheese has melted.

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