Friday, April 15, 2011

Weeknight Dinner: Meaty Pizza Casserole

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My mom has made this dish a number of times and i just love it.  In fact, I thought it would be a great Pillsbury Bake-off entry with a little substitution.  But, the more digging I did, the more I saw that many people had already thought of it!  Ah, so often that happens to me!

Anyway, rather than not make it (since John already expected it and I had bought all the ingredients) I decided to share it with you.  Personally, I like making the top crust better than using Pillsbury biscuits, but that's just me.  The crust you get is much lighter and fluffy!  If you're in a rush, refrigerated dough will give you similar results.

Also, I feel like this might be one of my last "cozy" meals.  Spring has sprung in Boston and it is beautiful out today!  On Monday, John and I head on vacation for 4 days, which will bring us more sun (and hopefully a suntan!).  I have recipes ready to go next week, except Friday, which just may include my favorite meal of the vacation (hey that could be fun, right?!).  But, I'm thrilled that the sun is out of hibernation--everything seems much better when it's sunny. 
Meaty Pizza Casserole
Serves:  5
1 pound ground turkey
2 white onions, chopped
1 1/2 cups tomato sauce
1/2 cup pepperoni, chopped
2 tablespoons of italian seasoning
1 tablespoon of garlic powder
6 ounces Mozzarella Cheese, grated (or grated Italian blend)
1 cup milk
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
2 eggs
1 cup flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup Parmesan Cheese, grated

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. In a large skillet, brown the turkey and then add the onions.  Let cook until the onions are translucent.  Then, transfer into a casserole dish.  Stir in sauce, chopped pepperoni, italian seasoning, garlic powder and grated mozzarella.  In a small bowl, combine milk, vegetable oil, and eggs.  Then, slowly mix in the flour and salt.  Pour over the meat mixture.  Top with parmesan cheese and let bake for 25-35 minutes, until the top is golden brown. 

Just so you know, this picture does not do this baby justice.  But, how hard is it to serve neatly out of a round casserole dish?!  In my opinion, it's pretty difficult.  Anyway, enjoy the beautiful weekend; I hope spring is coming to every section of the globe and you all get outside and enjoy it!

Until the next time my oven is on...

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