Looking for a fun summer grilling idea? Fire up the grill and put this Cheesy BBQ Steak Stuffed French Bread on the menu!
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Since we’re smack in the middle of grilling season, I thought it might be fun to turn that stuffed French bread into a grilled recipe. Grilled steak…garlic butter…BBQ sauce…two types of cheese. Talk about flavor! And then just to really put a final punch in the flavor department, the loaf of French bread goes back onto the grill after it is stuffed.
This Cheesy BBQ Steak Stuffed French Bread was a huge hit here in our house! In fact, I’ve already made it twice in the past two weeks. Laura and I ate the first round as a main course – several slices of stuffed bread alongside sautéed veggies. It was delicious, and I was looking forward to the leftovers. We liked it so much that we made the recipe again when we had some friends visit for a backyard party. That time we served it up as an appetizer. Both ways worked well!
Cheesy BBQ Steak Stuffed French Bread
The concept of a stuffed French bread might sound like a difficult recipe to make. (Secret: It’s not!) The key is starting with a loaf of store-bought French bread. Slice the loaf into several pieces and tear the excess bread out of each piece. (Save the excess bread for croutons – perhaps for Panzanella? That’s another great summer recipe!)
From there, the sky is the limit. If you can imagine it, you can stuff it inside French bread! I’m thinking pulled pork, chopped brisket, buffalo chicken…the list goes on. After all, stuffed French bread is essentially a gourmet grilled cheese sandwich turned on its side!
Much like a good grilled cheese sandwich, the key to stuffed French Bread is cheese. Cheese not only adds flavor, but it also helps hold everything together. In this case, I used Cabot Monterey Jack cheese in the stuffing mixture. Monterey Jack is a mild, semi-hard cheese that melts quite easily. (Cabot’s Monterey Jack won 1st place at the 2018 World Championship Cheese Contest – it’s a good one!) Combined with grilled steak and BBQ sauce, that Monterey Jack makes for a delicious filling for this Cheesy BBQ Steak Stuffed French Bread!
As tasty as the Monterey Jack is, I still love the sharpness of a good cheddar cheese. For this recipe, I brushed the top of the stuffed loaf with garlic butter and then topped it with shredded Cabot Seriously Sharp cheddar cheese. If you love sharp cheddar, then you’ve got to put Seriously Sharp on your list! This is one of Cabot’s leading cheeses, and for good reason. It’s delicious! As noted on Cabot’s own description of Seriously Sharp, it pairs well with smoky meats – I can confirm this with 100% certainty!
Speaking of different cheeses, I found this infographic from Cabot quite fascinating. It details the origins of different varieties of cheese, including the Monterey Jack and cheddar used in this Cheesy BBQ Steak Stuffed French Bread recipe. Monterey Jack traces its origins to the Franciscan Friars in Monterey, California while cheddar’s roots go back to Cheddar, England. (On a side note, I still want to figure out how to get to Cheddar, England. I need a t-shirt from there!)
If you’re looking for a fun summer grilling idea, then put this Cheesy BBQ Steak Stuffed French Bread on the list. Happy grilling!
Did you make this Cheesy BBQ Steak Stuffed French Bread at home? Leave a comment, or snap a photo and tag me on Instagram (@Spicedblog) – I’d love to see your version!
Cheesy BBQ Steak Stuffed Garlic Bread
For the Steak
For the Cheesy BBQ Steak Bread
For the Steak
- Preheat grill to medium-high heat.
- Brush both sides of the steak with vegetable oil.
- Using a small bowl, combine the seasonings (salt, pepper, garlic powder, onion powder and oregano). Sprinkle seasonings on top and bottom of steak.
- Grill steak for 3-5 minutes per side, or until steak is done to taste.
- Reduce grill temperature to medium heat.
For the Cheesy BBQ Steak Bread
- Let grilled steak rest for 10 minutes and then slice into ½” cubes.
- Using a medium bowl, add cubed steak, shredded cheeses and barbecue sauce; toss until well combined.
- Slice baguette into 4 pieces. Using your fingers, tear out the center portion of each piece.
- Lay large piece of foil on countertop. Fill center of baguette pieces with the steak mixture. Slice baguette chunks into 1” pieces. Line pieces up so that they are touching and then place on foil. (Note: At this point, the baguette should be “reassembled” into baguette shape – the difference is that it is now stuffed with cheese and steak and sliced into 1” pieces.)
- Using a small bowl, make the garlic butter by mixing together the melted butter, garlic, Italian seasonings and salt. Brush the top of the baguette with this mixture. Sprinkle the remaining ½ cup of shredded cheese on top of baguette.
- Wrap baguette in foil, leaving top slightly open.
- Place baguette back on grill for 10-12 minutes, or until cheese has completely melted and top of baguette has turned slightly crispy. Serve hot.
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