Sunday, August 9, 2009

Italian-Style Meatloaf

My husband loves the meatloaf at our favorite local Italian restaurant, so I thought I'd try to replicate it. I haven't had it myself, so I went by his description. I doubt mine was as good as Gino's, but it was good and my husband said it was on par. I served it with garlic mashed potatoes, but now that I am thinking about it, polenta would be really good. Oh well, there's always next time.

1 tbsp olive oil
1 medium onion, chopped
1 clove of garlic, minced
2 cups fresh bread crumbs
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp Italian seasoning
1/2 tsp black pepper
1/2 tsp salt
1 and 1/2 lbs. ground beef/pork combination
2 eggs, lightly beaten
1/2 cup milk
1/4 grated parmesan cheese
1 cup marinara sauce (I made a batch of homemade sauce. Get the recipe here.)
1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese

Heat a tablespoon of olive oil over medium heat in a skillet. Add the onion and sautee until soft and translucent, about 8 minutes. Add the garlic and sautee for a couple of more minutes. Remove from the heat and allow to cool.

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.

To make the fresh bread crumbs, tear 4-5 slices of white bread into pieces, add to a food processor, pulse until fine. Add the Italian seasoning, garlic powder, salt and pepper and pulse to combine.

In a large bowl, place the ground beef/pork combination, bread crumb mixture, eggs, milk and cheese. Mix well, but be careful not overwork. Place the meat mixture onto a greased 9 x 13 pan and form into the shape of a loaf.

Bake at 400 degrees for 20 minutes, then lower the heat to 325 degrees and bake for another 45 minutes. Once it's done, spoon the marinara sauce over it and sprinkle with mozzarella cheese. Place back in the oven and allow the cheese to melt for 5 minutes. Then turn the heat off and turn the broiler on low. Broil for 5 minutes until the cheese is melted and golden brown.

1 comment:

  1. This sounds super yummy! Going to try it tonight!