I've been wanting to try this recipe for a while. I love meatball subs, so I was totally curious about this casserole dish. Lets just say sometime the ugliest dishes are the best! I only say that because this casserole was hard to arrange on a plate to photograph and still make it look savory. I don't know if I succeeded, but did my best :) You can be sure it tastes super yummy though! My husband was actually making the "Mmmm" sound with every bite. One of the best and most original casseroles I have ever tried. Also, if you want you can use light ingredients, like light mayo and light cream cheese, to make this dish a little more calorie friendly. I used light mayo and it still turned out so yummy. Also, my sister tried this recipe, and reminded me of another little change I wanted to make to this dish. You really need at least 1 1/2 if not 2 pounds of beef. 1 Pound just doesn't seem sufficient. But if you add some extra meat, I would say this dish is a 10 out of 10. You gotta try it!
- 1/3 cup chopped green onions
- 1/4 cup seasoned bread crumbs
- 3 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
- 1 pound ground beef, (this is what the original recipe says, but I say do 2 pounds)
- 1 loaf (1 pound) Italian bread, cut into 1-inch slices
- 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
- 1/2 cup mayonnaise
- 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
- 1/4 teaspoon pepper
- 2 cups (8 ounces) shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese, divided
- 1 jar (28 ounces) spaghetti sauce
- 1 cup water
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
In a bowl, combine onions, crumbs and Parmesan cheese. Crumble beef over mixture and mix well.
Shape into 1-inch balls; place on a rack in a shallow baking pan. Bake at 400 degrees for 15-20 minutes or until no longer pink.
Meanwhile, arrange bread in a single layer in an ungreased 13-in. x 9-in. x 2-in. baking dish (all of the bread might not be used). Combine the cream cheese, mayonnaise, Italian seasoning and pepper; spread over the bread. Sprinkle with 1/2 cup mozzarella.
Combine the sauce, water and garlic; add meatballs. Pour over cheese mixture; sprinkle with remaining mozzarella. Bake, uncovered, at 350 degrees for 30 minutes or until heated through.
Recipe from Taste of Home Winning Recipes