- 6 oz sourdough bread bowl
- 4 oz ground beef (see note)
- 8 oz can tomato sauce
- 1/4 cup chopped white onions
- salt and pepper to taste
- 6 oz sliced fresh mozzarella cheese
- 2 tbsp butter
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 4 garlic cloves minced
- 1 tsp finely chopped parsley
Slice off the top of the bread bowl, about 1 inch down from the top. Hollow the inside of the bread bowl, leaving about 1/2 inch around the sides and bottom. Slice the bread bowl lid and hollowed out bread portions into large rectangles to be used for dipping later.
In a small bowl, add garlic, olive oil, and butter. Heat in the microwave for about 1 minute (make sure to cover bowl before heating) until the garlic is cooked and garlic flavor is infused with the oils. Brush the insides of the garlic bread bowl with the garlic butter mixture. Brush the surface of the bread rectangles with garlic as well. Sprinkle parsley over buttered surfaces.
In a large pan over medium-high heat on the stove top, cook ground beef (or turkey) and onions. Stir in half of the tomato sauce. Add salt and pepper as needed.
Preheat oven to 375°F. Place bread bowl onto a baking pan lined with parchment paper or silicone baking mat. Add a thin layer of cheese inside the bread bowl. Add in half of the meat. Top with half of the remaining tomato sauce. Add another layer of cheese. Add the rest of the meat and then sauce. Add another layer of cheese, covering the entire surface of the bread bowl. Place bread rectangles onto baking sheet.
Bake for about 10-12 minutes, or until cheese is melted and bread is toasted. Remove bread rectangles from oven. Turn oven to low broil and place bread bowl on a shelf in the lower section of the oven. Broil for about 2-3 minutes or until surface of cheese begins to bubble and blister. Remove from oven. Sprinkle additional parsley for garnish if desired. Serve while hot.
For a lighter version, you can use ground turkey instead of the beef.