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       Title: Italian Meatballs in a Basket
  Categories: Ground beef, Italian, Beef
       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        
       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.