I have to say that this recipe has the WORST. NAME. EVER.
Folded loaf reminds me more of something you’d see in the toilet than something you’d find on your dinner plate.
But it’s actually a really tasty meal!
I hope you’ve recovered from my potty humor, I’m not sure I have yet…
But anyway, this dinner is fairly quick and easy and makes for a pretty good weeknight meal.
You could be all Martha Stewart and make your own bread/pizza dough or you could just pick up some pre-made stuff in your grocery store freezer aisle (which is what I normally do).
Unfortunately my local Kroger didn’t have frozen bread dough in stock so I picked up a bag of dough from Trader Joe’s. They carry white and whole wheat dough in their refrigerator section for only $1.99. I’ve gotten the whole wheat before and although it’s very “wheaty” it’s pretty good and makes for some nice bread sticks.
My mom always made this meal with white dough so that’s what I wanted to use. Unfortunately TJ’s was out of plain white dough, but they had this garlic and herb stuff, so out of desperation I grabbed it to make this dinner that night.
It turns out it was a happy accident because the flavor of the dough was a nice addition to the meal. Gotta love when that happens :)
I’m going to relay the recipe as my mom always made it, but you can easily sub a different veggie or meat or cheese to make this your own creation. You won’t be disappointed to make the original version though…it’s hearty comfort food at its best.
Not only does this meal have a terrible name, but it’s very hard to make it look appetizing in pictures too. I did what I could with my basic little camera, but don’t judge this book by its cover!
- 1 "loaf" frozen bread dough (thawed) or 1 bag of Trader Joe's pizza dough
- 1 lb ground beef, cooked and drained
- 1 10oz package frozen chopped broccoli
- 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder (or a clove of fresh garlic minced)
- 1 teaspoon onion powder (or a quarter onion finely diced)
- salt and pepper to taste
- 1 jar marinara sauce for dipping (or homemade sauce if you have it)
- Preheat the oven to 350*
- Brown ground beef over medium heat, adding the garlic powder, onion powder, salt and pepper when the meat is almost fully cooked. Drain fat and set aside.
- Cook Broccoli according to package directions, then drain and set aside.
- Cover a baking sheet with parchment paper or tin foil to prevent loaf from sticking.
- On a lightly floured surface, roll ½ of the dough out to form a long rectangle. Use the size of the baking sheet as a rough guide (so that your loaf isn't too long).
- Transfer your rectangle of dough to the baking sheet and prepare to add the filling.
- Sprinkle half of the cooked ground beef along the center of the dough (like you are making a burrito). Be sure to leave a couple of inches at the top and bottom of the loaf so that you can pinch the ends together without filling leaking out.
- Sprinkle half the cooked broccoli on top of the ground beef.
- Top the beef and broccoli with half of the shredded mozzarella.
- Starting in the middle of the loaf and working toward each end, gather the sides of the dough and pinch them together along the whole length of the loaf. If thin areas of dough start to tear apart and make holes, don't worry. We'll fix them later.
- Once the sides have been brought together and pinched "closed" all along the top, pinch the ends closed and tuck them gently under the loaf to finish the "seal".
- The ends tend to have more dough than you need, so take small pieces from the ends to patch any holes that may have formed when you were pinching the loaf across the top.
- Bake the loaf at 350* for 25-30 minutes or until it is golden on top and sounds hollow when you tap it.
- While the first loaf is baking, make your second loaf following steps 2-11 above.
- Heat the marinara sauce over medium heat and pour into small bowls.
- When the loaves have finished baking, slice them on a cutting board and serve with bowls of marinara for dipping.