Favorite Italian Meatloaf

March 1, 2014

Happy March everyone!   I don’t know about you, but, hasn’t this year been flying by?   Ya’ll know that I love to get in my kitchen and whip up new recipes.  I knew I had something when my 5 (almost 6!) year old son, Bo, raved about this….he is my little ‘finicky’ eater and, he has asked me five times since he tried this….”Mama, when are you going to make meatloaf again?”.  He had double portions that night at dinner.   This main dish seems casual, but, served with a pretty salad and hot rolls….you could easily serve it to dinner guests.  Very good!   Hope you enjoy!

On another note, when is the last time you invited someone over for dinner?  We are living in such a RUSHED and busy society.  You don’t have to go to a lot of trouble or prep in order to invite guests over for dinner.   Is there someone new in your church or a new family you would like to get to know?  What about a new family on your block or in your apartment complex?   Simple hospitable acts are SO easy, if we make a plan.  Reaching out to people and inviting them over for a meal truly blesses others.   Stock up on the ingredients to make this meatloaf and get to hosting.  One promise, YOU will be SO ministered to yourself after you invite someone over!

A Good Salad:  Buy a large ready made bag of  blended salad with arugula.  Toss in:  2 Granny Smith apples- chopped,  1 cup fresh grated Parmesan cheese.  Quick dressing:  1 cup olive oil,  3 T. white wine vinegar, juice of one lemon, 1/2 t. course sea salt, 1/2 t. course black pepper.   Shake up and serve over lettuce mixture.

Favorite Italian Meatloaf
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Serves: 8
 

Ingredients
  • 2 pounds lean ground beef
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup Italian seasoned bread crumbs
  • Extra Virgin olive oil- ½ cup in bottom of baking dish
  • 2 T. worcestershire sauce
  • 1 t. chopped oregano ( I use dried)
  • 1 t. ground sea salt
  • 1 t. garlic powder
  • 2 small cans tomato paste
  • 4 slices thick slices bacon, cut in half

Instructions
  1. In a large mixing bowl, using your clean hands (or wear plastic gloves): Mix up the ground beef, with beaten eggs, bread crumbs, worcestershire sauce and spices. Pour the olive oil in to an 8 x 8 glass baking dish (used to prevent the meat from sticking) and spread it around. Divide the meat mixture into 3 small loaf shapes and place into baking dish. Top with tomato paste and slices of bacon.
  2. Bake 40-45 minutes at 350 degrees until nice and browned. Serve hot.

Adding the Italian bread crumbs…..these are a staple in my pantry.  I coat boneless chicken strips with them too…..mmmmmmm!    So good! Form the meat mixture into 3 even loaf shapes.   I sprinkled more oregano on top to add a little more flavor.   Top with bacon slices too.  DELISH!  Truly hope you will make this delicious recipe soon.   I know one thing, this is going to be a twice a month recipe in our house…..any time my children clean their plates without me asking them to, well, this makes for a happy Mama.  =)

Living With Flair & Happy Saturday!
Beth

 

Linking To:

Tatertots & Jello, The Dedicated House, Tidy Mom, Serenity Now, I Heart Naptime, Tip Junkie, Home Stories A to Z ,  Liz Marie 

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