Christmas Leftovers Toasted Bread Bowl


  • 1 round or oval bread loaf (Note 1)
  • 300 g / 10 oz ham, turkey and other cooked meat slices
  • 1 cup roughly chopped antipasto things (olives, sun dried tomato, chargrilled peppers, artichokes, feta etc)
  • 4 – 6 slices cheese of choice (I used Swiss in the video)
  • 3 big handfuls baby spinach (~75g / 2.5oz)


  • 50 g / 3 tbsp salted butter , melted
  • 1 garlic clove , mince


  • Preheat oven to 180C/350F.
  • Mix butter and garlic.
  • Cut the top off the bread loaf. Pick out bread from the loaf and the lid, leaving a wall and floor about 1.5cm / 3/5″ thick.
  • Place bread on a large sheet of foil on a baking tray.
  • Dab / brush inside with butter. Layer with: half spinach, turkey, antipasto things, remaining spinach, ham, cheese.
  • Tuck flappy bits inside the loaf, top with lid.
  • Brush with butter all over. Wrap with foil.
  • Weigh down with something flat and heavy – cast iron skillet is ideal.
  • Bake for 20 minutes. Remove skillet and foil.
  • Bake for a further 10 minutes until golden.
  • Cut into thick slices and serve immediately!

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