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ITALIAN MEATBALLS IN A BASKET

Category:    Hamburgers, Beef, Meats
Yield:8 servings
 
      2 lb Ground Beef Chuck                 1/2 ts Basil
      2 tb Margarine                         1/4 ts Thyme
      1 ea Med. Green Pepper, Chopped          2 tb Unbleached Flour
      1 ea Med. Onion, Chopped                 1 x  Ital. Bread Basket
     16 oz (1 cn) Stewed Tomatoes        

---------------------------------GARNISHES---------------------------------
      1 x  Green peppr rings                   1 x  Cherry Tomatoes
 
  Lightly shape ground beef into 1 1/2-inch balls.  Lightly brown balls in
  margarine in large frying-pan, about 5 minutes.  Add the green pepper and
  onion to meatballs; cook 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.  Drain tomatoes,
  reserving liquid.  Add tomatoes, all but 1/4 c tomato liquid, basil and
  thyme to meat balls.  Cover tightly and cook slowly 5 minutes. Combine
  reserved tomato liquid with flour, stirring until smooth.  Stir into
  meatballs, cover tightly and cook 5 minutes or until slightly thick.
  Meanwhile prepare Italian Bread Basket and place on platter.  Spoon
  meatball mixture into and around bread.  Garnish with green pepper rings
  and cherry tomatoes, if desired. Italian Bread Basket: 1 Loaf (16 ozs)
  Italian Bread, Unsliced 1/4 Cup Margarine, Melted 1/4 Cup Parmesan Cheese,
  Grated Cut a 3/4 slice from top of bread. With fork, scoop out inside of
  bread to form basket, leaving 1-inch bread on all sides and bottom of loaf.
  Place loaf on foil in shallow baking pan.  Brush top, sides and inside of
  bread with melted margarine.  Sprinkle loaf with Parmesan cheese, coating
  sides evenly.  Bake in hot oven (400 Degrees F.) for 10 minutes.
 

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