Thursday 14 January 2016

Italian Meatloaf

I think I've made meatloaf half a dozen times in all my years as a grown-up that cooks.  Four of those times have been in the past six months, because this recipe has turned a meat loaf hater into a meat loaf lover.

Half ground beef, half ground turkey, and a handful of spinach.  Meatloaf healthified.

Seasoned croutons instead of bread, soaking in milk and spices.

Add an amazing tomato topping....

... and you've got the best meatloaf ever.

Italian Meatloaf Florentine

1 pound extra lean ground beef
1 pound ground turkey
2 cups Caesar seasoned croutons
1 cup milk
1 cup grated Parmesan
4 large eggs
large handful fresh baby spinach
2 tbsp dried parsley
1 tbsp minced garlic
1 tsp oregano
1 tsp basil
1 tsp thyme
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp black pepper
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper

2 cans diced tomatoes, drained
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 tsp dry mustard
5 dashes Worcestershire sauce
pinch cayenne pepper

Preheat oven to 350°F.

Combine meat, eggs, Parmesan, and spinach in a large bowl and roughly mix together.  In a separate bowl, soak croutons in milk until slightly softened.  Mash together with spices and add to meat mixture.  Mix together by hand until well combined.

In a separate bowl, mix together drained tomatoes, brown sugar, mustard, cayenne, and Worcestershire.

Form the meat mixture into a loaf and place on a drip pan (an oven pan with a slotted tray on top), then spoon the tomato mixture over the top.

Tent the pan with foil and bake for 40 minutes.  Remove the foil and continue baking for 30-40 minutes more, until the internal temperature is 160° and the meatloaf is no longer pink in the middle.  Cut into thick slices to serve 8-10.

Adapted from The Pioneer Woman's Italian Meatloaf recipe.

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  1. Sounds de-lish! Gonna try it! I like meatloaf every once in a while. It's good hot but better cold in a sandwich the next day!

  2. One of my childhood favorite. I'll have to try this to see if the kids will eat it. Pinned.

  3. This looks scrumptious. I love Italian food and meatloaf. I will have to try this recipe. Thanks for sharing this. Have a great weekend.

  4. I am a big meatloaf fan and am looking forward to trying your recipe. Hoping my family will enjoy the variation. Thank you for sharing your recipe with us at Snickerdoodle Sunday! Pinning and tweeting to share. Have a great rest of the weekend!

  5. This looks really tasty! Would love to have you share on my linky party – What’s for Dinner!

  6. I have been craving meatloaf! This looks like the perfect recipe to try!

  7. Looks delicious!

    Make double batch and use that meatloaf as the meat component in meat sauce and shepherd's pie.

  8. I LOVE this idea! I might even be able to sneak some spinach into my folks without them knowing! Stealth veggies! Thanks for linking up to us on Throwback Thursday and we'll be pinning to our board! Be sure to visit us there and I can't wait to see what you'll be bringing next week.

  9. This looks so tasty, I love meatloaf :)

    Thanks for sharing at Creative Mondays, pinned!

  10. Wow this meatloaf looks and sounds so good.
    Thanks for sharing the recipe at Cooking and Crafting with J & J.

  11. This sounds REALLY tasty! Thank you for sharing on Meetup Monday!

  12. Well here there my lovely Jenn, how are you? Happy New Year! Oh, I love me a good meatloaf. Yours looks spectacular. I'm putting this one one menu plan. Thanks for joining in at Thriving on Thursdays each week. It's always lovely to see you. Hope it's not too cold for you over there. We've had a really mild summer so far and I'm lovin' it! I'm featuring this one at tomorrow's party lovey.

    Anne xx

  13. Thanks for linking up to Brag About It! Tweeted to share!

  14. I love the Italian flavors of your meatloaf, this is awesome! Thanks so much for sharing with us at Full Plate Thursday this week. Hope you are having a great day and come back soon!
    Miz Helen

  15. Nice recipe! Going to have to Pin it and give it a try. Thanks for sharing at Funtastic Friday!

  16. I love your twist on traditional meatloaf. Thanks for partying with us at Snickerdoodle Sunday. Pinned and Tweeted.

  17. Oh man...this sounds so delicious!

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

  18. Looks fantastic. Have to try it on my not-a-meatloaf-lover husband.

  19. Meatloaf is my favorite comfort food. Love the addition of spinach. Can't wait to try this one. Featured at Be Inspired this morning. Thanks so much for sharing!

  20. Thanks for sharing -- I am SO making this!

  21. Yum! This sounds delicious!! Love the idea of using spinach :-)

  22. I'll have to give this a go! Scrummy. Cheers from Carole's Chatter


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