Today let’s talk about broken things.
Yes, I said “broken things”. I know, it’s not a common topic to discuss on a food blog but there you have it.
You see, I have sadly had my share of “broken things” lately. And it is totally putting a crimp in my life to say the least.
I’ll start with my first broken thing: My big toe.
Almost two months ago, right after Thanksgiving, I broke my big toe. It was a pretty bad accident at the gym. I dropped a 45 pound weight plate onto my toe and crushed it. The pain was excruciating and I don’t recommend it.
By working out with weights I thought I was getting healthier. Little did I know……. 7 1/2 weeks later and I’m still struggling to walk in normal shoes.
My second broken thing is not quite so life changing though if you are a blogger you may feel the pain even more.
A few days ago, as I was reaching for my camera. I dropped it and shattered my favorite 50mm lens. It was so sad. That lens has carried me through the past two years of blogging.
But what can you do but move on right? I used the moment as an excuse to treat myself to a brand new lens. And thanks to Amazon Prime, it arrived in two days at my house!! I can’t wait to try it!
So this little story about broken things is to say that sometimes life can get hectic and the unexpected can happen. With my broken toe sometimes I just can’t stand too long in the kitchen making a long drawn out recipe.
That is when it’s nice to have some “go-to’s” that are quick and satisfying. This Lattice Top Meatball Casserole definitely hits the spot.
My kids will eat meatball anything so I always know when I make something like this that it will be a winner.
Sure enough, they gobbled this pan down.
This dish is easy to make and fun to put together the lattice top. Oh, by the way, don’t hate on my lattice work. I noticed in the pictures that my lattice work is a bit wonky.
We’ll just call it *rustic shall we!! 😉
When life gets hectic you should always have some recipes lined up to get you through some busy times. This Lattice Meatball Casserole has got you covered!!
This baking dish will help you make this recipe:
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- 2 Tubes of Classic Pillsbury Pizza Dough
- 1 32 oz. bag of frozen fully cooked Italian meatballs, thawed
- 1 jar of marinara sauce
- 2 cups of shredded mozzarella cheese
- 2 TBLS garlic spread, divided (I used Lawry's)
- 1/4 c. grated parmesan cheese
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 9x13 glass pan.
- In a large pot, pour the marinara sauce and the meatballs and cook over medium heat. Cook until everything is heated through. About twenty minutes.
- In the meantime, open the first tube of pizza crust and press into the glass pan and up the sides as best as you can. Once the meatballs and sauce are heated through, pour them over the dough and spread evenly. Pour the cheese evenly over the meatballs.
- Open the second tube of pizza dough. Lay it out on a cutting board. Brush the garlic spread over the top and sprinkle with the parmesan. Cut out ten equal strips of dough. Weave them in and out on top of the cheese layer. Four should go vertically and 6 should go horizontally. Pinch the ends together as best as possible.
- Bake for 25-30 minutes or until the top of the crust is golden brown. Serve immediately.
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