Monday, October 5, 2009

Mennonite Monday - Cheesy French Bread

Mennonite Monday started because I wanted to make recipes from the Bethesda Mennonite Church Cookbooks (both the yellow and the white cookbook for those of you who own them). I also wanted to take pictures of each recipe that I made, so I would know for future reference what the recipe should look like. I am by no means a great cook, but I think it will be fun to try new and different recipes each week. Not all of these recipes are for ethnic Mennonite food, but the women from Henderson know how to cook, so I can safely say that these recipes will be good. Check back each Monday for a new recipe and feel free to leave a comment if you have a favorite recipe from these cookbooks, or if you have some tips on what I should make and how I should make it.

Cheesy French Bread is one of our favorite recipes, which is on page 15 in the white church cookbook. The recipe is listed under the Bread section of the cook book, even though you don't actually have to make the bread for scratch. What I really like about this recipe is the fact that it is so easy, unique and the finished product is very impressive.


1 loaf French Bread
Swiss Cheese, sliced
2 Tbl chopped Onion (I used dried minced onion)
1 1/2 stick melted margarine
1 tsp mustard
2 Tbl lemon juice
1 Tbl poppy seed
1 tsp Beau Monde Seasoning (This is a hard spice to find and this will probably be one of the only recipes you use it for, so I have found that Italian seasoning makes a good substitute.)

Slice bread into 1" slices. Place on large piece of foil.

Mix all remaining ingredients together. Since I prepped this meal the night before, I put the ingredients in a bowl and put it in the microwave to melt the butter when I was ready to start the bread.

Brush the mixture on both sides of the bread slice and over the top of the loaf.

Place a slice of Swiss cheese between each slice of bread.

Pull foil up around the bread, but do not cover. Bake at 350 for 25-30 minutes.

Like I said this is a great easy recipe that your guests or family will love. The first time I made this for my husband he asked where I got the recipe and I said my family has had it in the past. His next questions was, why I didn't make it sooner.

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