July 5, 2009

Chicken Picnic Loaf

I gathered this recipe from an Internet site, have not tried it but it did get many favorable comments. I'm now sharing it with you. Chicken Picnic Loaf 1 (1/4 ounce) package active dry yeast 2 1/2 to 3 cups flour 1 tablespoon sugar 2 cups chopped cooked chicken 1 1/2 cups shredded Swiss cheese 1 (10 ounce) box frozen chopped spinach, thawed and drained 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese 1/4 cup finely chopped onion 2 garlic cloves, minced 1 beaten egg white 2 tablespoons sesame seeds (optional) 1 1/4 teaspoons salt Preheat oven to 375°. Mix cheese, spinach, chicken, onion, garlic and 1/4 teaspoon salt for filling. Set aside. Dissolve yeast in 1 cup warm water. Mix yeast mixture, sugar, 1 teaspoon salt, and 1 cup flour in a mixing bowl. Gradually add 1 1/2 cups more flour to dough. Knead dough until smooth, using other 1/2 cup flour if dough is sticky. Let rest for 30 minutes. Roll dough into a 16 x 10-inch rectangle. Spread filling down the middle of dough. Bring dough edges together and seal. Place seam-side down on lightly greased cookie sheet. Brush bread with egg white and sprinkle with sesame seeds. Bake at 375° for 40 minutes. Let cool and refrigerate. Wrap in plastic before packing in ice cooler. Slice when serving.

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