To celebrate the season opener of the National Football League (NFL), or American football season, I have decided to share one of my most favorite recipes from my childhood: Pizza Fondue.
I’m from Maryland and we have two professional football teams: the Washington Redskins and the Baltimore Ravens. As they are in two different conferences, there’s no great rivalry. You can root for both teams. They only play each other every four years. Theoretically they could play each other in the Superbowl, but that’s extremely unlikely to happen. Last season, the Redskins made it to the playoffs and the Ravens won the Superbowl. Pretty awesome season. Can’t wait to see what this season brings!
Come game day, my kid are excited because, while they don’t really care about the game, they are all about the game day snacks. Crab Dip and Pizza Fondue are the most requested.
Back in the 1970s, fondues were all the rage. Pizza Fondue is a kid friendly take on the trend. My mom made this fondue for me and I still remember it in all of its awesomeness. It is really easy to make and a true crowd pleaser. I never have “leftover” fondue. You can’t ask for an easier recipe that is so popular with pretty much everyone!
Serves: A Crowd
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 medium onion, small dice
1/2 pound ground beef or Italian Sausage (casings removed)
2 cloves of garlic, minced
1 1/2 teaspoons dried oregano
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
2 containers of pizza sauce (about 28-30 ounces)
1 1/2 cups of shredded mozzarella cheese
1 1/2 cups shredded Monterey Jack or Cheddar Cheese
1 loaf of Italian Bread, cubed
Heat olive oil over in a 4 quart sauce pan over medium heat. Add onions and sauté until translucent, stirring frequently. Add meat to the pan and break into smaller pieces while cooking. Once the meat is almost done, add the garlic, oregano, salt and pepper. Once the meat is cooked through, reduce the heat to medium low, add the pizza sauce and stir well. Then add the cheeses and stir until all the cheese is completely melted.
Serve with cubed bread for dipping.