---------- Recipe via Meal-Master (tm) v8.03
  
       Title: ITALIAN MEATBALLS IN A BASKET
  Categories: Hamburger, Beef, Meats
       Yield: 8 servings
  
       2 lb Ground Beef Chuck
       2 tb Margarine
       1 ea Med. Green Pepper, Chopped
       1 ea Med. Onion, Chopped
      16 oz (1 cn) Stewed Tomatoes
     1/2 ts Basil
     1/4 ts Thyme
       2 tb Unbleached Flour
       1 x  Ital. Bread Basket
 
 -------------------------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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