Using a packaged pizza crust, deli meats and cheeses, this stuffed loaf works well as a part of the meal when served with soup or salad. It will also stand alone supported by some chips and a cold drink.
Stuffed Dinner Loaf
Makes: About 4 servings
1 package refrigerated pizza dough
4 tablespoons Italian salad dressing
1/2 cup shredded cheddar/mozzarella cheese
6 slices Swiss cheese
12 slices of turkey
2 tablespoons Italian spices
Preheat oven to 350°F. Open pizza dough package and spread over 9×13-inch pan. Stretch the dough until you have a uniform rectangle.
Drizzle with 2 tablespoons Italian salad dressing and spread evenly over dough. Sprinkle the shredded cheese mixture evenly.
Layer half the slices of turkey on top the shredded cheese. Spread the Swiss cheese slices to cover the turkey. Finish layering with the remaining turkey slices.
Fold one third of the dough and layers toward the middle of the loaf. Fold the bottom third of the dough on top of the first fold. Seal the ends and along the edge of the top layer by pressing with your fingers.
Drizzle the remaining 2 tablespoons of Italian dressing over and spread evenly. Shake the Italian spices over the dressing for additional flavor and color.
Bake for 30 minutes, or until crust is golden. Remove from the oven and let cool on rack for 10 minutes. Cut into serving portions and serve with ranch dressing for dipping sauce.
Approximate Nutritional Information:
Amount per serving: Calories:653, Total Fat: 34g, Cholesterol: 88mg, Sodium: 2391mg, Total Carbs: 49g, Protein: 39g.
Remember that the fillings you choose will affect the nutritional content, so if you’re restricting sodium or counting fat grams, you’ll want to pay attention to the labels of the items you select.
Italian – Tomato paste, mozzarella cheese, pepperoni
Ham & Cheese – Ham, cheddar cheese, mustard
Philly – Roast beef, provolone, mushrooms
Veggie – Mushroom, onion, green pepper, onions
If you’re trying to please children, you may find that traditional pizza type fillings more appealing to their palate. The beauty of this recipe is the flexibility and variety that can be adapted to suit your tastes or dinner theme.