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This was tonights dinner. An italian meatball casserole. It was my 1st time trying as well as making it and it was delicious. I`ll be adding it to my list of dinner choice dishes.
I didn`t come up with the idea alone. I`m currently on a FB group with a lot military wives. As is with most groups people post a lot of stuff. Questions, pictures, rants, and foods. I had seen it posted last week and several people tried the recipe and all swore by how good it was. I decided to ollow suit and give it a try.
What you need:
Oven compatible baking dish
1 pack of italian meatballs
Preheat the oven at 325. Cut up bread into thin slices, or whatever width you prefer. Cover bread with olive oil just one side will do. I used a cooking brush to layer the oil evenly. Lay bread with olive oil facing up at the bottom of your dish. Next place the rest of the bread standing up along the sides of the dish. Slighly over lapping each piece. For the sides, the olive oil should be facing in. Place in the oven for 12-15 minutes until bread is slightly browned and crisp.
While that is in the oven add your meatballs to a bowl. A used a frozen package. Depending on how big your pan is you may not need the entire package. I did not have to thaw the meatballs. Next add chopped onions and peppers. I also used frozen packs for this. I did let those thaw. Next add a can of spaghetti sauce. Mix.
Once your bread is ready, pull out the pan and scoop your the contents from you bowl, and place in the middle of your bread. Place back in the oven for 25-30 minutes. Once that is done, cover middle portion, meatballs, with mozzarella chees. Place in the oven for 10 minutes or until cheese is melted and soft. Or to your preference. Serve.
To serve it I just held a piece a bread while still in the pan, and spooned the contents on it. When doing this be careful not to burn yourself against the pan. My husband loved this as did I. I do however have to figure out a better method. Some of the bread, mainly on the bottom was a bit soggy, but only on the top.
Have you made this before? Is this something you would try?
Images and contents are my own.