Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Ham and Cheddar Loaf

1 lb. frozen bread or pizza dough, thawed (I always use the Rhodes Bread dough but I think a refrigerated pizza dough would work well, too)
1 pkg. (9 oz.) Shaved Lunch meat (Ham, Turkey, go crazy!)
1 cup Shredded Cheddar Cheese
1/4 cup miracle whip (I've used mayo and ranch here but you could use anything... how about salsa or honey mustard?)
1 egg, beaten
1 Tbsp. Parmesan Cheese
mustard (optional)

PREHEAT oven to 350°F. Place dough on lightly floured surface; flatten slightly with hands, then roll into 12x8-inch rectangle with a rolling pin. (If dough is difficult to roll, cover with plastic wrap and let stand at room temperature for 30 min. before rolling out.)
TOP dough evenly with lunch meat, overlapping slices slightly and leaving a 1/2-inch border around all sides.
MIX Cheddar cheese and dressing (this is where I add a little mustard); spread evenly over lunch meat.
MOISTEN edges of dough with water. Starting at one of the long sides of dough, fold one third of the dough over filling, then repeat with other long side of dough. Firmly pinch ends of dough together to seal. Place, seam side down, on lightly greased baking sheet.
CUT three diagonal slits on top of dough with kitchen shears. Brush evenly with beaten egg; sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.
BAKE 35 to 40 min. or until golden brown. Cool 10 min. before cutting into six slices to serve.

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