Monday, February 18, 2008

Sloppy Joe Loaf ***

(luckymommyto2boys ~ Amy ~

1 lb. extra-lean ground beef
1 small onion, chopped
1 (8-oz.) can tomato sauce
1 tablespoon Pillsbury BEST® All Purpose or Unbleached Flour (I used self-rising)
¼ teaspoon dried basil leaves
¼ teaspoon dried oregano leaves
¼ teaspoon fennel seed
1 (11-oz.) can Pillsbury® Refrigerated Crusty French Loaf
4 oz. (1 cup) shredded mozzarella cheese

Heat oven to 350°F. Spray cookie sheet and large skillet with nonstick cooking spray. In sprayed skillet, combine ground beef and onion; cook until beef is thoroughly cooked, stirring frequently. Drain.
Add tomato sauce, flour, basil, oregano and fennel seed; mix well. Reduce heat to medium-low; simmer 5 minutes. Remove from heat.
Meanwhile, remove dough from can; place on lightly floured surface. Cut loaf in half lengthwise. Roll each half to form 16x4-inch rectangle. Place 1 dough rectangle on sprayed cookie sheet, being careful not to change shape.
Stir ½ cup of the cheese into ground beef mixture. Spoon and spread mixture over dough rectangle on cookie sheet. Sprinkle with remaining ½ cup cheese. Top with remaining dough rectangle.
Bake at 350°F. for 25 to 30 minutes or until golden brown. Cut into slices.

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