Monday, September 15, 2008

Monday's Meal

In a word this meal is simple. Got to love that, right? I got this recipe years ago from an online community. It's super kid friendly and so quick to throw together that you'll find yourself whipping it up again and again. I serve it with some extra sauce, spaghetti noodles and a nice green salad.

Saucy Mozzarella Patties

1 jar of your favorite tomato sauce or 16 to 24 oz jar of favorite marinara or pasta sauce
1 lb of ground turkey (or meat of your choice)
3 cups of bread crumbs
1 egg
1 tsp of garlic powder
salt & pepper to the taste
1 cup shredded mozzarella
1/2 cup of shredded parmesan
1 tsp butter
1 tsp olive oil

Preheat oven 350 degree. Place meat in a lg. bowl, add egg to meat, incorporating it well, then add 1 cup of the bread crumbs, add salt, pepper and garlic, Mix all ingredients until well blended, Heat nonstick pan and melt 1 tsp of butter and 1 tsp of olive oil. Pour other 2 cups of bread crumb in a 13 X 9 casserole or similar size. Make patties of a desirable size and dredge them in the breadcrumbs then place in pan, browning until nearly done, but still slightly pink inside. Place cooked patties back in casserole on top of bread crumbs. Spoon sauce over patties, then top with parmesan and mozzarella and more sauce and cheese, finishing with sauce over cheese. Bake for 20 min until cheese is bubbly and melted but not brown. Alternatively if I don't have time to brown the patties ahead. I place the prepared uncooked patties in the casserole, cover it and cook them for 45-60min (or until done). Delicious!