Stuffed Bread Appetizers

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11 ounces cream cheese, softened
1 cup chopped celery
1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese
1/2 cup chopped sweet red pepper
1/2 cup chopped water chestnuts
1 teaspoon garlic salt
1 loaf French bread, halved lengthwise
dried parsley flakes
4 dill pickle spears
4 slices deli ham


In a bowl, combine the first six ingredients. Hollow out top and bottom of bread, leaving a 1/2-in. shell (discard removed bread or save for another use). Spread thin layer of mayonnaise over bread; sprinkle with parsley. Fill each half with cheese mixture. Wrap pickle spears in ham; place lengthwise over cheese mixture on bottom half of loaf. Replace top; press together to seal. Wrap in foil; refrigerate overnight. Just before serving, cut into 1-in. slices.