Monday, March 18, 2013

Do you have a favorite Meatloaf recipe? Mine happens to be Italian Meatloaf

I have a girlfriend that has meatloaf every Monday. Meatloaf Monday as she calls it. I love that! I always loved meatloaf as a kid. I would get excited for the leftovers, not caring for the dinner. I would beg my mother to just make me a sandwich for dinner. Please! She would never allow to. To this day when I make my family meatloaf I sneak a half sandwich before dinner. I cant help it. I don't care the calories it blows my diet. It is meatloaf and I am going for the glory! This recipe is not figure friendly, but it happens to be my family's favorite. It is the one that I go back to time and time again. This is a HUGE recipe. You can make either 2 logs of meatloaf or my favorite is to make one meatloaf and then make meatballs and freeze them for later in the month. Use a  throw away pan and sseparate them on the pan. You will just need to bake them.

Italian Meatloaf
1/3 cup whole milk
2 slices good quality white bread with crust removed
1 pound italian sausage or ground pork
2 pounds ground beef (not too lean you can drain the fat later)
1 package prosciutto 
1 egg
1/2 cup onion finely chopped (or you can grate it)
2 cloves of garlic minced
1 TB low sodium Worcestershire sauce   
1 cup parmesan grated (use the fresh)
1/3 cup Ketchup
salt and pepper (easy on the salt the pork is salty)  
Preheat oven 325
remove the crust from the bread. You could make croutons out of it if you don't like wasting it!
Add the milk to a bowl. My Gram would heat it. I found that you have to let it cool down then before adding to the meat.
cube up the bread
add the bread to the milk and let soak while you do everything else for the meatload
I like fresh Parmesan cheese. The stuff that is already grated taste funny and melts differently
I am grating my onion. I like the way it makes my meatloaf really moist
I always add twice the amount of garlic because I am going to use my microplane and grate it down to

No chunks of garlic this way
add the hamburger and cheese
squeeze out the bread from the milk and dump into the bowl
Add the pork and the chopped up prosciutto
add the egg but take a fork to it first
I never measure Worcestershire sauce!
Add 1/3 cup ketchup
mix until it is combined but do not over mix or the meatloaf will be tough
My gram and my mother always made theirs in a loaf pan. because I use meat that is fatty I use a 9x13 pan and shape into a loaf and then drain off the fat
Shape into a log. Notice I have leftover. You could make a second one and freeze or make a pan of meatballs

put into the oven and bake 45 minutes. After 45 minutes pull out and glaze the meatloaf.
To glaze the meatloaf take
1/2 cup Ketchup
1/2 cup Chili sauce
Mix well.
Cover Meatoaf and bake for additional 15 minutes. Meatloaf should be completely cooked inside. You have pork products and beef products here!


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