Prep 15 mins
Cook 0 mins
This recipe is from Secrets of Fat Free Cooking by Sandra Woodruff. Layer turkey, spinach leaves, pepper strips, and artichoke hearts over cream cheese on French bread, and create a memorable appetizer. It is a great dish to take to any gathering. Best if made ahead and allowed to chill for several hours or overnight. I have made it (not so low-fat) using onion and chive flavored cream cheese and I have also made it by adding 1/2 teaspoon of ranch dressing mix to the cream cheese instead of Italian seasoning. You can also use marinated arthichoke instead of canned. Delicious!
- 1 loaf French bread (about 24 X 2 inches)
- 2⁄3 cup low-fat cream cheese, softened
- 1⁄2 teaspoon italian seasoning
- 3⁄4 teaspoon garlic, crushed
- 4 ounces turkey, thinly sliced
- 10 -12 fresh spinach leaves
- 1⁄2 red bell pepper, thinly sliced
- 1⁄2 cup artichoke heart, chopped
- Slice French bread lengthwise cutting off the top third of the loaf. Using your fingers, remove and discard enough of the soft inner bread to leave a 1/2-inch-thick shell.
- Combine cream cheese, Italian seasoning and garlic in a small bowl and stir to mix well. Spread half of this mixture evenly over the inside of the bottom shell.
- Roll up turkey slices and arrange them in an even layer on the cream cheese.
- Lay spinach leaves over the turkey.
- Put a layer of red pepper strips over the spinach leaves.
- Put a layer of arthichoke hearts over the red pepper strips.
- Spread remaining cream cheese over the inside of the top shell.
- Place the top shell over the bottom shell to reform the loaf. Wrap the loaf tightly with aluminum foil or plastic wrap.
- Chill for several hours or overnight.
- When ready to serve, unwrap the loaf, and using a serrated knife, cut the loaf diagonally into 1-inch slices. Secure each piece with a wooden toothpick and arrange on a platter and serve.
I made this for our annual Christmas party and it was a BIG hit! It's very easy to make and just delicious. It's nice to know that I put something healthy on the table along with everything else. Thanks for posting a keeper!
I think this may be a new favorite sandwich - I really love the combination of flavors. Thank you for sharing! Made for PAC Spring 2010.