Monday, January 21, 2008

Italian Style Meatloaf

This is a great alternative to your typical meatloaf recipe!

1 cup of your favorite marinara sauce, divided
1/2 cup Italian-seasoned breadcrumbs
2 ounces fresh grated Parmesan cheese
1/2 cup diced onion
1/3 cup chopped fresh parsley
1 t garlic powder
1/2 t dried basil
1/2 t dried oregano
1/2 t salt
1/4 t black pepper
1 large egg
1 1/2 pounds ground beef or chicken
1/2 cup mozzarella cheese

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl bowl, whisk together 1/2 cup marinara sauce, breadcrumbs, Parmesan, onion, parsley, garlic powder, dried basil, oregano, salt, pepper and egg. Add ground beef and gently mix just until combined. Spray a loaf pan with cooking spray. Press mixture into loaf pan. Brush the remaining 1/2 cup sauce over top of meat loaf. Bake for roughly 60 to 70 minutes. Remove from the oven, sprinkle with mozzarella cheese and let sit for 10 minutes before slicing.

TIP OF THE DAY: To cut down considerably on cooking time, make this meatloaf in muffin tins sprayed with cooking spray. Cooking time will be only about 20-25 minutes.

Tomorrow's Daily Special: Slow Cooker Tex Mex Chicken