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Hamburgers Parmigiana

Recipe from: Lean Italian Cooking by Anne Casale

¼ cup minced scallions
1 tablespoon fresh basil, minced or 1 teaspoon dried basil, crumbled
1 tablespoon Italian parsley, minced
1 ½ tablespoons parmesan cheese, fresh grated
¼ teaspoon nutmeg, fresh grated
½ teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
1 cup dry bread crumbs, fine
2 large egg whites
1 ½ pounds ground beef, extra lean
1 tablespoon water
¾ cup tomato sauce, (recipe follows)
6 thin slices mozzarella cheese, part skim milk

Light tomato Sauce
2 tablespoons olive oil
⅓ cup red onion, finely minced
⅓ cup peeled carrots, finely minced
1 ½ teaspoons garlic, minced
1 28 ounce can Italian plum tomatoes, coarsely chopped
½ teaspoon coarse salt
½ teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
1 teaspoon sugar
2 tablespoons fresh basil, minced or 2 teaspoon crumbled dried basil

Adjust oven rack to upper portion of oven and preheat to 425F. Lightly grease a shallow baking pan with vegetable cooking spray; set aside. In a deep bowl, combine scallions, basil, parsley, Parmesan cheese, nutmeg, pepper, and ½ cup bread crumbs. Stir in 1 egg white. Add meat and mix well. Shape into 6 oval patties. In a small bowl, beat remaining egg whites with water. Place remaining ½ cup bread crumbs on a piece of wax paper. Dip patties in egg white mixture and thoroughly coat with bread crumbs. Place in prepared pan and bake until coating is crisp and lightly golden, about 15 minutes. Remove from oven and spoon 2 tablespoons of tomato sauce over each patty. Place one slice of cheese on top of each and return to oven. Bake until sauce begins to bubble and cheese is melted, about 5 minutes. Transfer to platter and serve.

Light tomato Sauce
In a 12-inch skillet, heat oil over medium heat. Turn heat to low; add onion and carrot. Cook, stirring constantly, until soft but not brown, about 4 minutes. Add garlic and continue to cook for an additional minute. Stir in tomatoes, salt, pepper, sugar, and basil. Turn heat to high and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium and cook, stirring frequently, until slightly thickened, about 25 minutes. Remove from heat, cover pan, and let sauce rest for at least 1 hour before using.

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