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Ground Beef Pizza Fondue

Great for a party or game-day gathering, this hearty appetizer can be made with Italian sausage instead of ground beef if you prefer. Add a little more pizza sauce if the mixture seems too thick. —Margaret Schissler, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 25 min.
  • Makes
    5-1/2 cups


  • 1/2 pound ground beef
  • 1 cup chopped fresh mushrooms
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons fennel seed
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2 cans (15 ounces each) pizza sauce
  • 2-1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
  • 2 tablespoons chopped ripe olives
  • Breadsticks, bagel chips, baked pita chips and/or tortilla chips


  • In a large skillet, cook the beef, mushrooms and onion over medium heat until meat is no longer pink. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer. Drain. Stir in the cornstarch, fennel, oregano and garlic powder until blended. Stir in pizza sauce.
  • Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 1-2 minutes or until thickened. Gradually stir in cheeses until melted. Stir in olives. Keep warm.
  • Serve with breadsticks, bagel chips, pita chips and/or tortilla chips.

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  • mstassi
    Jan 1, 2010

    Love the idea of using this as a pasta sauce rather than a dip- how smart you are!

  • jillywilly
    Jan 6, 2009

    This has been a Christmas Eve tradition for 25+ years...

  • dandydude
    Dec 31, 2008

    good idea, i think i'll try it. dandydude in va.

  • LVdiecast
    Jan 29, 2008

    I actually served this as a main dish. I didn't have any thing to dip into it so I served it over spaghetti noodles and a slice of garlic toast, with a salad.