Easy Holiday Appetizer Recipe – French Bread Bake
December 1, 2021
Easy holiday appetizer plate with baked french bread

Easy Holiday Appetizer Recipe for a French Bread Bake

Easy Holiday Appetizer recipes are hostess's best friend! With this French Bread bake you can whip up a platter of delicious appetizers in a snap.

And I know that quick and easy is the mantra for my holiday season! There's enough other stuff to worry about so having a recipe with french bread you can pick up at the store that will STILL wow guests is one you definitely want up your sleeve.

French Bread wreath Holiday Appetizer by Salt Lake Healthy Hostess
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Fresh Ingredients for Holiday Appetizer

Fresh ingredients for French bread holiday appetizer

This french bread appetizer recipe is super simple, especially if you start with a fresh loaf of bread from the bakery.

  • French french bread loaf
  • Neufchatel Cream cheese
  • Feta cheese
  • Sun dried tomatoes
  • Fresh Basil
  • Grape tomatoes
  • Olives
  • 13″ Chip and chip tray

Cut and Spread French Bread

Spreading cream cheese onto french bread

With a bread knife cut your loaf in half longways. Mix softened cream cheese and spread onto a freshly cut loaf. I find a rubber spatula works well to spread over the large surface.

Sprinkling feta cheese onto french bread appetizer

After evenly spreading the cream cheese, sprinkle on a generous layer of feta cheese. You are also welcome to use blue cheese crumbles for this recipe, just cut down on the amount so it doesn't overpower the other ingredients.

Dice Easy Holiday Appetizer Toppings

French bread bake with cheese and sun dried tomatoes

The sun dried tomatoes absolutely make this recipe! Drain any excess oil from the tomatoes and use your kitchen shears to cut strips and then pieces of tomato. Alternately you can add the sun dried tomatoes as strips if you'd like.

Chopping up basil leaves with kitchen scissors

After your tomatoes are all sprinkled, chop your fresh basil, or use your kitchen shears to cut them into ribbons and again into confetti sized pieces of deliciousness.

People have asked if you can skip the basil and the answer is absolutely not! 😉 Fresh basil packs such a flavorful punch you really don't want to leave it out.

French Bread Bake

Baked French bread loaf with cheese, tomatoes, and basil

Now that your toppings are on, feel free to sprinkle on a little feta over the top before putting the bread into the oven to toast. Broil on high for just a few minutes, until the cream cheese is very soft and feta starts to melt just a bit.

Doesn't that red and green look so festive?

Slice Holiday Appetizer

Sliced Holiday bread appetizer as wreath

Once your bread is nice and toasty, using your bread knife, cut each half-loaf into slices. I was able to get 12 slices from one half of my french bread bake.

If you are interested in creating a fun presentation I highly recommend arranging your bread appetizers on a large {13″} chip and dip tray or round platter. Leaving the rounded end slices out of the circle will help your circle stay nice and wreath-like.

Easy Holiday Appetizer Garnish

Olives and tomatoes with "Holly" basil leaves

Adding mixed olives and fresh tomatoes to the center of your chip and dip tray is the perfect addition to your savory holiday bread. If you're using a round platter to serve the bread appetizer, just use a small bowl for the center olives & tomatoes.

The finishing touches are the basil leaves, cut {with those kitchen shears} in the shape of holly leaves. I have to admit the “holly” and “berries” look pretty dang cute for a Christmas party.

Serve your French Bread Bake

French bread Christmas wreath appetizer on table

Whether serving these easy holiday appetizers on a buffet table, or passing them around the dining room, they are as delicious as they are festive. What do you think? Are you ready to try them?

If you do make this french bread bake , I'd love to hear about it in the comments below. And if you share photos, I want to see it too! Please tag us @partieswithacause on Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest. We love celebrating all your hard work! 

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Holiday French Bread Bake

French bread spread with cream cheese and topped with sun dried tomatoes
Prep Time15 mins
Broiling time3 mins
Total Time17 mins
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Christmas, Finger Food, French bread, Party food, Semi Homemade
Servings: 24 slices
Calories: 119kcal

Equipment

  • Baking Pan
  • rubber spatula
  • Bread knife
  • Kitchen shears

Ingredients

  • 1 Loaf fresh french bread
  • 8-12 oz Neufchatel Cream Cheese
  • 12 oz Feta cheese crumbles
  • 4 oz Sun dried tomatoes
  • 1 Fresh Basil plant

For Holiday Platter

  • 3 Cherry Tomatoes
  • 2 Large Basil Leaves
  • Bowl of olives

Instructions

French Bread Appetizer

  • Slice french bread loaf longways
  • Spread each half with softened cream cheese
  • Sprinkle generously with crumbled feta cheese
  • Using kitchen shears, or knife, snip sun dried tomatoes into small pieces {Or strips if desired} and sprinkle evenly over bread halves
  • Using knife or kitchen shears, cut fresh basil leaves into ribbons and sprinkle over bread
  • Broil in over at 400° for 3-5 minutes until feta softens and bread crisps on top

For a Holiday Platter

  • Slice and arrange on round platter into a wreath shape
  • Finish it off with a bowl of olives in the center
  • Add 3 cherry tomatoes and a couple of large basil leaves cut to look like holly leaves for the perfect holiday appetizer

Notes

Calories calculated for 8oz cream cheese. 

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