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Saucy Summer Mozzarella Patties

Dear Sugar
I need something to make for our big Labor Day party next weekend. I am so sad that summer is coming to an end. I don't want to do burgers and dogs, I'd like to be a little bit more creative, but at the same time, I need a meat dish to feed all the hungry carnivorous men. Do you have any ideas? Make Me Look Like Martha

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Dear Make Me Look Like Martha,
I've got just the entree for you. Have you ever tried Saucy Mozzarella Patties? They are delicious, easy and filling. Make a big salad and a couple of fun sides like spinach and artichoke dip, dumplings or veggie kabobs on the side (then you can give your BBQ a proper farewell for fall). Have a great party.

SAUCY SUMMER MOZZARELLA PATTIES:
1 jar of your favorite tomato sauce OR
16-24 oz homemade marinara/pasta sauce
1 lb ground turkey (or meat of your choice)
2 cups bread crumbs
1 egg
1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
1/2 cup grated or shredded Parmesan cheese
1 tsp salt & pepper (to taste)
1 tsp garlic powder (to taste)
2 tbsp butter or margarine
2 tbsp olive oil or veggie oil

PREPARE AND COOK:
Place the ground meat into a large mixing bowl. Add egg and knead it into the meat. Add 1 cup of bread crumbs, the salt, pepper and garlic powder. Then, combine in the rest of the ingredients by hand until the meat is well-blended.

In a separate flat dish, place the last cup of bread crumbs. Measure 1/3 cup of meat with a 1/3 measuring cup and flatten the meat into a patty, (a hamburger shape). Gently press the patty into the flat dish with the bread crumbs and coat patty.

Next, heat a non-stick frying pan. Melt about 1 tbsp of butter and about 1 tbsp of oil in the pan. Cook about 3-4 patties in the butter and olive oil until both sides are browned. Then place the patties in a flat baking dish, coated with cooking oil. Repeat until all of meat mixture is used.

Lastly, spoon some tomato sauce on top of each patty using about 3/4 of the jar here. Then sprinkle the patties with the Parmesan cheese and then mozzarella cheese. At the very end, drizzle the rest of the sauce on top of cheese patties. Bake at 350* until the cheese is melted and bubbly, but NOT BROWN. Cooking time is approximately 15-20 minutes.

TO EAT:
Enjoy alone or with a bun. This serves 6-8 patties.

*Note* For kids, 1/4 measuring cup of meat is an appropriate serving size.

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