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Stuffed Baguette Bites

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  • Makes18 to 18 servings

Try these with the variations below or make up your own.

Ingredients

  • 1 thin white or whole wheat baguette

  • 1 pkg light cream cheese, softened

  • 1 carrot, grated

  • 1/2 cup diced red or yellow sweet pepper

  • 1/2 cup diced English cucumber, or cooked peas

  • 2 tbsp chopped dill pickles, or olives

  • 1 small clove garlic, minced

Instructions

  • Cut baguette in half crosswise and then cut each half lengthwise to open. Pull out inside of bread, forming caverns with walls about 1⁄2 in (1 cm) thick inside. Cut off ends and set aside.

  • Stir together cream cheese, veggies, pickles and garlic. Spread over both cut sides of the baguette, including inside caverns. Press halves together, wrap with plastic wrap and refrigerate 1 hour or up to 2 days. Slice into 1 in (2 cm) pieces to serve.

  • Makes about 18 pieces.

  • In 1 piece: 71 calories, 3 g protein, 3 g fat, 9 g carbs, 1 g dietary fibre, 28 mg calcium, 1 mg iron, 17 mcg folate

  • Fruit and veggie variation: Omit pepper, cucumber, pickles and garlic. Stir in 1⁄2 cup (125 mL) chopped pitted Medjool dates, 1⁄2 cup (125 mL) diced apple and 1⁄2 tsp (2 mL) cinnamon together with the cream cheese and carrot.

  • PB & fruit variation: Stir together 1 cup (250 mL) smooth or crunchy peanut butter, 3⁄4 cup (175 mL) diced apple, 1⁄2 cup (125 mL) chopped banana, 1⁄3 cup (75 mL) bran buds or chopped nuts.

This article was originally published on Aug 01, 2010

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