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Parmesan Meatloaf

(originally made 3/2013)

Tim and I have been married 13 years and I've only attempted to make meatloaf once, and it wasn't a hit.    He loves meatballs, and when I saw this recipe from the Mommy I'm Hungry blog on Pinterest, I knew I had to give it a try.   Obstacle #2 was Jake.  He's picky about ground beef, but I thought if I covered it with enough cheese it might fly.    I swapped out the ground turkey for ground pork, used regular breadcrumbs not GF.  They'd both balk at the onion, so I used Penzey's dried minced.

Because I was nervous about it not cooking through I used my probe thermometer and set the temp alert for 155º.     To put some color on the cheese I put it under the broiler for a minute or two.    Everyone loved it!   It had all the flavor of meatballs with way less work.    I served it with rigatoni and I'm betting the leftovers will make great sandwiches! 

 * Exported from MasterCook *

                            Parmesan Meatloaf

  Amount  Measure       Ingredient -- Preparation Method
--------  ------------  --------------------------------
  1                 lb  ground turkey -- used ground pork
  1                 lb  ground beef-- used 90% lean
  2                     eggs
     1/4           cup  gluten free breadcrumbs -- used non GF, seasoned
     1/2      teaspoon  dried basil
     1/2      teaspoon  dried thyme
     1/2      teaspoon  dried oregano
  1             cloves  garlic -- finely minced (1 to 2), used jarred minced
  1              small  onion -- grated, used dried minced
     1/2      teaspoon  salt
     1/4      teaspoon  ground black pepper
     1/2           cup  grated Parmesan cheese
     1/2           cup  marinara pasta sauce (used Ragu traditional)
     1/2           cup  shredded Italian cheese blend -- used part skim mozzarella
                        minced parsley for garnish -- used dried

Heat the oven to 350 degrees. Spray loaf pan with cooking spray.

Combine all ingredients except the sauce and mozzarella in a large bowl.   Do not overmix!    Shape into loaf and drop into prepared pan.   Pour pasta sauce over top.

Bake for 45 mins to an hour.  I used a probe thermometer and cooked it to 155º.   Cover top with mozzarella cheese.    Bake a few mins more until cheese is melted (I put mine under the broiler for the last minute to brown it).    Let rest about 10 minutes before serving.   Garnish with parsley if desired.



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