Thursday, January 29, 2009

Beefy Pizza Bread

French bread, topped with a mixture of ground beef, onion, bell pepper, Parmesan cheese & pizza sauce, and topped with mozzarella cheese for gooey goodness!

Beefy Pizza Bread

Another great party food! Arrange slices on a platter and watch 'em fly off at your next football party or other gathering. Look at all that gooey deliciousness on that platter. French bread, topped with a mixture of ground beef, onion and green bell pepper, that has Parmesan cheese, Italian seasonings, and pizza sauce stirred in to it. Bake it, top it with slices of Mozzarella, return it to the oven just long enough to melt, then slice and serve.

It's a super easy appetizer that everybody loves. Experiment with toppings and cheeses, very easy to throw together too.

Here's how to make it!

The first thing we're gonna do is saute some onion and green bell pepper in a little bit of olive oil. To that you'll add a pound of ground beef.

Remember my tip about using a potato masher to easily break up ground meats when browning them?

Look at what a great job it does!

Drain off the browned ground beef if needed, then return it to the skillet and add the Parmesan cheese, Italian seasonings, and pizza sauce. If you don't want to make up your own pizza sauce, I really love the WalMart Great Value pizza sauce because it's inexpensive, tastes great and is low sugar. Stir everything together well.

Split your loaf of bread and place it on an aluminum foil topped baking pan. Spread the meat sauce evenly on the bread. Here I used a round boule loaf because that is what I happened to have on hand, but many varieties of bread work for this finger food. For a party, a long loaf of french bread works fantastic and when split in half provides for a lot of servings - perfect for your Super Bowl party - and the guys really love this!

Gather the foil up around the bread and bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for about 15 minutes. You are just warming the bread through here and don't want to crisp it up too much just yet, so that's why we are covering it for now. That is comin' up here in a bit.

Remove the bread from the oven, peel the foil down away from the bread and cover the top of the meat sauce with mozzarella cheese. Return the bread to the oven for about 10 minutes...

...until the bread has crisped up and the cheese has melted. Let it rest for about 5 minutes.

Since I'm using the bottom part of a round loaf, I want to cut it in half and then cut each of those halves into serving sized slices. Look at all that goodness there! Doesn't that just make your mouth water?

Cut into serving slices, arrange on a platter and serve this up at your next party! You'll love it!!

Recipe: Beefy Pizza Bread

©From the Kitchen of Deep South Dish
Prep time: 10 min |Cook time: 30 min | Yield: About 8 servings

  • 1 loaf of long French bread
  • 1 tablespoon of olive oil
  • 1/2 of a medium onion, chopped
  • 1/2 of a green pepper, chopped
  • 1 pound of ground beef
  • 1/2 cup of grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried Italian seasoning
  • 7 ounces of pizza sauce
  • 6 slices of mozzarella cheese, or enough to cover bread

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Split the French bread in half lengthwise. Set aside.

Place the olive oil in a skillet over medium heat and saute the onion and bell pepper until soft. Add the ground beef to the skillet and cook until browned. Remove from the heat, drain if needed, and add the Parmesan cheese, salt, Italian seasoning and pizza sauce.

Place two sheets of aluminum foil on a baking sheet. Spread the ground beef mix evenly on both sides of the bread and place each on a piece of the aluminum foil, cupping the foil up around the bread. Bake at 350 degrees for 15 to 20 minutes. Remove the bread and fold down the aluminum foil to expose the bread. Top the bread with the mozzarella and return to the oven for an additional 8 to 10 minutes or until cheese is melted and just beginning to lightly brown.

Remove and let rest for about 5 minutes. Cut each half into slices and serve.

Also works well with a variety of breads. In the picture, I used a round boule loaf because that is what I had in the house at the time. Whatever bread you use, just slice it into serving sized pieces when you remove it from the oven.


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