Many of you may not have been lucky enough to grow up with Italian Dunkers. Let’s elaborate on how this mystery meal came to be. The weekly lunch schedule would look something like this:
Monday: Hot Dogs
Wednesday: ITALIAN DUNKERS!!
At both of our schools the meal was the same. The beloved lunch ladies would make buttery garlic bread out of leftover hot dog buns and we would joyously dunk those babies into thick spaghetti meat sauce. Ta-Da…Italian Dunkers. Yes! As tasty as this was, we thought we could take it one step further. Because, seriously, something is missing here! Mounds of melted cheese. Oh yeah.
Prep Time: 15 minutes
12-16 oz. Italian Sausage (you could also use ground beef, turkey, or leave it out altogether)
1 jar of your favorite marinara (We love Newman’s Own Organic Marinara)
1 loaf whole grain bread from the bakery
2-3 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
First, brown and crumble the sausage. We love our Pampered Chef Mix N’ Chop for these sorts of jobs! Then drain off any fat and return the pot to the stove. Add the marinara and stir it up!
On to the bread… Preheat the oven to 450°F. Lay the slices of bread out on a sheet pan. (Line the pan with aluminum foil to make clean up a snap. I forgot to do this step…Fail.) Drizzle the bread with olive oil.
Sprinkle with the cheese. Ah, nevermind. mound as much cheese as humanly possible on each slice of bread!
Bake for about 10 minutes or until it develops a nice brown, bubbly, cheesy crust on top. There are few things in this world that are as exciting as melted cheesiness. Am I right?
Put it all together and dunk ’til you can’t dunk no mo.
We filled our lunch tray just like the good ol’ days with a vegatable, a treat and a drink.
Ok, maybe not just like the good ole days. First, a little salad with a drizzle of caesar dressing, a couple of the best ever 4 ingredient salted peanut butter cookies, and a beer to wash it all down with… just cause we can. It’s a hot school lunch – all grown up.
Did your school have Italian Dunkers? We’ve heard about your favorite meals. Now tell us…what was your least favorite school lunch?