Stuffed French Bread Sandwiches (376 cal)

Okay, first off: Each sandwich is 2 servings! So, share! These are also very economical, you can save money and give your family healthy meals!

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  • Flour, white, 4.25 cup (506 gms)
  • Olive Oil, 1 tbsp
  • Salt, 1 tsp
  • Yeast, bakers, 1 ounce
  • Ham, sliced regular (11% fat), 454 grams
  • Swiss Cheese, 8 oz
  • Dijon Mustard (optional)


  1. Use slide show for each step!
  2. Mix flour, salt, yeast, oil and 1.25 cups water in bread mixer.*
  3. Knead 2 minutes by machine or 10 minutes by hand.*
  4. Rise 1 hour, I’ve gone 2-3 without harm.*
  5. Divide into 5 pieces, weighing helps (about 266 gms each)
  6. Flatten each piece, spread mustard, then add ham and cheese. The oil keeps it form sticking but you might keep a pastry scraper handy.
  7. Roll up into cylindrical shape, seal edges by pinching and smoothing. Any leaks will make a mess and cause a smoke detector alarm!
  8. Rise for 90 minutes or longer
  9. Bake 15 minutes at 450º in french bread pan, I will often allow to cool in shut off oven.
  10. Cool throughly, Wrap with wax paper then plastic wrap before freezing.
    My oven was broken, so I made this batch in gas grill!
  11. *You can also skip dough making by purchasing frozen bread dough.

Serving Size: Half a roll but hubby eats whole roll

Number of Servings: 10

Note: you can always make 10 rolls, change ingredients for lower calories or omit ingredients. I don’t show mustard step since my husband doesn’t like it. I’ve made these with a schmear of sundried tomatoes and cheese.

Alternative  fillings:

  • Italian cured meats with provolone
  • Roast beef and fresh horseradish
  • Turkey, bacon and swiss club
  • Shredded grilled or fried chicken with BBQ sauce
  • Pulled pork, BBQ sauce and coleslaw
  • Post Thanksgiving Turkey, stuffing and cranberry sauce
  • Spinach, feta & sliced onions
  • Caramelized onions, olives and mozzarella

Add-ins (remove excess moisture)

  • jalepenos peppers
  • banana pepeprs
  • sun dried tomatoes
  • pickles
  • caramelized onions

use your imagination! go wild. Also, make sure family helps. Or better yet, have someone start or finish!

The rising times are flexible, here is a few scenarios, in case you think you don’t have time:

Scenario A:
Before work, make dough put into fridge in sealed large container.
After work, warm to room temp. Make sandwiches, rise.
After supper, turn on oven to preheat.
Bake sandwiches, cool in oven over night.

Scenario B:
6am make dough, rise at room temp
7:30am make sandwiches, put into fridge in a container
After work, bring to room temp while heating oven, bake.
-easy supper!

Scenario C:
Do either rise in fridge over night.

Scenario D:
Freeze dough balls (166gms) take out and use as needed

Scenario E:
Stockpile in fridge for emergency lunches or meals

Scenario F:
Bring to a friend recovering form surgery! I minute in microwave from freezer!


2 thoughts on “Stuffed French Bread Sandwiches (376 cal)

    • Thank you Corinna, I make these every Sunday, they are so easy! My husband eats them all week! I can even use the expensive Boar’s Head meats and they are still cheaper than going out. I love them for hiking, picnics and they are perfect for long drives. Out of the freezer they are thawed for lunch! Enjoy!

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