Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Open Faced Italian Sloppy Joes

I adapted this recipe off of this blog Once a Mom Always a Cook.  This was a huge hit!  -Kristin

1 # ground beef
2-3 garlic cloves, minced
1/4 onion, chopped finely
1 green pepper, chopped finely
8 oz sliced mushrooms, optional
15 oz. tomato sauce
6 oz. tomato paste
1 teaspoon oregano
1 teaspoon basil
1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/8 tsp red pepper flakes (or to taste)
1-2 Tablespoons honey
salt and pepper to taste
A loaf of French bread
8 oz. shredded mozzarella
Parmesan cheese

  • Brown ground beef with the garlic, onion and green pepper.
  • When beef is almost done cooking add the mushrooms if desired and continue cooking till done.
  • Drain grease.
  • Add the tomato sauce, tomato paste, oregano, basil, garlic salt, garlic powder, red pepper flakes, honey and salt and pepper.
  • Bring to a simmer for a few minutes.
  • Cut the french bread equally down the middle.  Then hollow out the middle.
  • Cover a baking sheet with foil and place the hollowed out french bread on there.
  • Fill with the meat mixture.
  • Sprinkle with the shredded mozzarella cheese.
  • Sprinkle with the Parmesan cheese.
  • Bake in a 350 oven until cheese is melted good.

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