Italian Squares

  • Yields 18 x 26 x 2-inch pan or 80 servings at 2-1/2 x 2-1/4 x 1-3/4 inches
  • Details


    • 13 pounds ground beef
    • 8 cups chopped onions
    • 10 cups California raisins
    • 4 cups Tomato Sauce
    • 1/3 cup vinegar
    • 1/2 cup dried oregano leaves
    • 1/4 cup dried basil leaves
    • 3 tablespoons garlic powder
    • 2 teaspoons black pepper


    • 9 cups milk
    • 6 cups biscuit mix
    • 4 cups liquid eggs
    • 8 cups shredded cheese
    • Spaghetti sauce or pizza sauce (optional)


    1. Cook ground beef and onions together until ground beef is no longer pink; drain.
    2. Process raisins with 1 cup tomato sauce until smooth paste is formed.
    3. Combine meat mixture, raisin paste, remaining tomato sauce, vinegar and seasonings; stir to blend.
    4. Simmer, stirring occasionally, about 20 minutes or until heated through.
    5. Spread evenly in ungreased pan. Do not pack down.
    6. Combine topping ingredients; mix well.
    7. Pour gently over meat mixture to avoid splashing.
    8. With a spatula, slowly cut through the meat across the pan a few times; do not stir the topping into the meat mixture.
    9. Bake in a conventional oven at 350ºF for 55 to 65 minutes or until topping is set.
    10. Remove from oven and sprinkle shredded cheese evenly over the top.
    11. Bake 4 to 5 minutes more or until cheese is melted.
    12. Cut into 10 rows along the long side of the pan and 8 rows along the short side.
    13. Serve with pizza or spaghetti sauce.


    1. Meat filling may be made and set into pans the day before; reheat to 165ºF  before adding the topping; complete as directed above.

    2. Use a blend of American and Mozzarella cheeses.

    Nutrition Facts Per Serving

    Calories 270 (27% from fat); Total Fat 8g (sat 3g, mono 3g, poly 0g, trans 0g ); Cholesterol 70mg; Protein 24g; Carbohydrate 26g; (Dietary Fiber 3g; Sugars 17g; ); Iron 3mg; Sodium 300mg; Calcium 235mg; Potassium 561mg

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