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Hearthside Sandwich Loaf

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  Unsliced bread loaf 18 Ounce (1 about 8 inches long)
  Butter/Margarine 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs), softened
  Minced onion 1⁄3 Cup (5.33 tbs)
  Prepared mustard 3 Tablespoon
  Poppy seeds 1 Tablespoon
  Lemon juice 2 Teaspoon
  Tabasco 4 Drop (adjust quantity as per taste)
  Processed swiss cheese slice 12
  Bacon slices 6

About 45 minutes before supper:
1. With fingers or vegetable parer, gently peel off thin layer from top crust of bread. With long, sharp knife, make 6 slightly diagonal cuts, at equal intervals, from top almost through to bottom of loaf.
2. Start heating oven to 350°F. Lightly grease cookie sheet.
3. In small bowl combine softened butter, onion, mustard, poppy seeds, lemon juice, and Tabasco. Reserve about 3 tablespoons of this mixture. With small spatula, evenly spread remaining mixture on cut surfaces of bread.
4. Place 2 cheese slices in each bread-cut so that they "poke out" slightly on top and sides. Place loaf on greased cookie sheet. Now spread reserved butter mixture over top and sides of loaf.
5. Bake 30 minutes, or until cheese is melted and loaf is lightly browned.
6. Meanwhile, cook bacon slices until crisp and done. Drain on paper towels; keep warm. When loaf is done, lay bacon slices on top of it as pictured.
7. To serve, remove loaf with wide spatulas to serving dish; then, with long, sharp knife, continue each diagonal cut down through to bottom of loaf.

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