Here is a quick meal to get done so you can eat and head to trick or treat!
I have a confession to make. I go to the grocery store way more than I should. I don't make lists unless I am absolutely out of stuff I know I will forget. I also hardly ever plan meals. I just buy groceries on a whim and hope for the best. Wrong decision of course. However, I must say I am pretty good about making up my recipes. The problem is, I never write them down, nor do I measure. I just do it.
This time, though, I did! I knew I had some ground beef, and a French loaf I wanted to use. Plus it was Friday night, and while we usually would have gone out to eat or grabbed a pizza, I thought what the heck. Let's try something new. Well, what do you know we loved it, even the son ate it. Peppers, onions and all in it too! So I now have a new take on a "Philly Cheese Steak Sandwich." I have a thing with french loaf bread and the endless possibilities you can do with it. Buffalo chicken loaf, pesto chicken loaf, and the list goes on. One day I will introduce you to them all. For now let us enjoy this one that took me a whole maybe, 30 minutes to throw together. O and I am a dipper, so some homemade ranch dressing from our local "Wing Stop" was a must!
Cheesy Philly Steak Loaf
1 French Loaf Bread
1 Pound of Ground Beef
1 Package of provolone cheese/Monterey Jack(or whatever you have on hand)
One green bell pepper chopped
One onion chopped
salt & pepper
Cajun Seasoning (optional)
4 TBS of butter (add a dash of garlic powder)
foil for baking
Pre-heat over to 300. First Lay some foil down so that your loaf can fit on top of it. This is so your not moving a full loaf later on and end up dumping it all out. Next, cut open the loaf, so it looks like an opened sub sandwich. Then take some of that breading out of the middles. WAIT! Don't throw the bread away, though. Put it in a freezer bag and you can use it later for something. Such as homemade croutons (SO good!).
As you can tell I didn't get my foil down, but I did do that after I took my extra breading out. Next have a skillet ready to brown your meat, add your salt, pepper, and cajun seasoning, pepper and onions too. Let that cook entirely. While that is cooking, melt your garlic butter and brush that on both sides of your bread.
DRAIN YOUR MEAT. Set aside. Next, add your cheese to both sides of your bread and then add your meat mixture. Fold it over; it's going to be messy of course, then add some more foil over the top of it.
After you have it wrapped up, add to your preheated oven for about 20-25 min. You just want your cheeses to melt well. Once you take it out, get a very sharp knife and cut it into small sandwiches. ENJOY! O and don't forget to dip if you're a dipper!