Monday, August 24, 2009

Saucy Mozzarella Patties ****


1 jar of your favorite tomato sauce or 16-24 oz homemade marinara/pasta sauce
1 lb ground turkey (or meat of your choice)
1 cup breadcrumbs
2 cups breadcrumbs
1 egg
salt & pepper to taste
garlic powder to taste
butter or margarine
olive or veggie oil
1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese (or fave melting cheese)
½ cup grated or shredded Parmesan cheese

Place ground meat into a large mixing bowl. Add egg & incorporate into meat. Add 1 cup bread crumbs. Add salt, pepper & garlic powder to taste. Combine ingredients by hand until well-blended.
Heat non-stick frying pan. Melt about 1 TB of butter & about 1 TB of olive oil in pan. Put 2 cups bread crumbs into flat dish.
Measure 1/3 cup of meat with a 1/3 measuring cup & flatten meat into a patty, like a hamburger. Press patty into dish with bread crumbs to coat/bread patty.
Cook patty in butter & olive oil just until both sides are browned. Depending on size of pan, cook 3-4 patties at once. Place patties in a flat baking dish, sprayed with cooking oil if desired. Repeat until all of meat mixture is used.
Spoon some sauce onto top of each patty. Sprinkle with Parmesan. Sprinkle with mozzarella. Drizzle more sauce on top of cheese. Bake at 350* until cheese is melted and bubbly, but not brown; about 15-20 minutes.
Makes 6-8 patties.
*For kids, ¼ measuring cup of meat is a great serving size.

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