Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Italian Parmesan Meatloaf

 When it gets cold outside one of my favorite things to do is bake.  It's just something about being in a warm house and with no reason to go outside that makes me want to make a new recipe.

We have had such weird weather this week.  45 degree temperature changes between two days, wind that blows like no other, and super sunny days.  So random!

Growing up, I remember meatloaf as being super delicious.  When I finally started making it myself I realized that are many, many different ways to make it.  I have tried many (this one being one of my favorites) but sometimes I just need something different.

I saw this beauty on pinterest and it sounded fantastic, especially since we just bought 1/2 a cow (the hubs is so excited about it especially since my parents raised them).  Using good, lean beef is essential in my opinion.  This meatloaf definitely was different than the normal for us, but the kids loved it and I loved the cheesy topping.  It was just nice to do something different than the norm.

Italian Parmesan Meatloaf

(click here printable version)

1 lb ground turkey
1 lb ground beef
2 eggs
1/4 cup breadcrumbs
1/2 tsp dried basil
1/2 tsp dried thyme
1/2 tsp dried oregano
1-2 cloves garlic, finely minced
1 small onion, chopped finely
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp ground black pepper
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1/2 cup marinara pasta sauce
1/2 cup shredded Italian cheese blend
minced parsley for garnish

1.  Preheat the oven to 350°F. Lightly grease a loaf pan (I used a 9x9 so it wouldn't spill over the edge) with cooking spray, set aside.

2.  In a large bowl, combine the ground turkey and beef, eggs, breadcrumbs, thyme, oregano, basil, garlic, onion, salt, pepper and Parmesan cheese. Be careful to not over handle the mixture otherwise it will get tough. Place the mixture in the greased loaf pan and form into a loaf. Top the meatloaf with pasta sauce.

3. Bake for 40-45 minutes. Remove the meatloaf from the oven and sprinkle the top with the remaining shredded cheese. Place the meatloaf back in the oven and bake until the cheese is melted.
Remove the meatloaf from the oven and allow to rest for 5-10 minutes before serving. Garnish with parsley if desired.  Enjoy!

Source: Mommy, I'm Hungry
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