Tuesday, June 7, 2011


I love meatloaf.  Don't judge me!  I know it is a pedestrian dish.  You probably won't find it on the menu at an expensive New York City eatery or in Paris.  I don't care.  I don't want to eat New York City meatloaf.  I want my Grandmother's recipe.  Mmmm....fabulous Italian Meatloaf.

Italian Meatloaf

2 slices rye bread, cubed
2 slices white bread, cubed
1/2 cup water
1 lb. ground beef
1 medium onion, chopped
1 T. parsley, chopped
1 egg
1 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
3 T. Parmesan cheese
2 T. butter
1 tsp oregano
2 8 oz tomato sauce

Soak the cubed bread in water.  Combine the beef with the bread, onion, parsley, cheese, egg, salt and pepper.  Mix well.  Place in a greased loaf pan.  Dot with butter.  Bake at 375 for 30 minutes.  Pour the tomato sauce over the meat and sprinkle with oregano.  Bake for 30 more minutes.

If you want the meatloaf to be more "sliceable" I would suggest really getting down and dirty and mixing all the ingredients with your hands.  This makes it more dense.  I like it a little looser so I mix my ingredients with a fork.  The meatloaf does fall apart a little if you don't mix it by hand so it might not be as pretty presentation wise but I think it tastes better that way.

As usual this recipe is super easy and super delicious!  We eat it with a big mound of fluffy mashed potatoes!


The mum of all trades said...

I have never tasted meatloaf, but would love to try making it. I think my children would really enjoy it and your recipe seems very straightforward, thanks for sharing!

Allison Disbrow said...

FYI - we like to mix it up...sometimes even half and half in the pan...with my mom's recipe and one PJ gave me.

crackers or bread with water
chopped onions and bell pepper
salt, pepper, garlic

mix, press, top with more ketchup drizzle and bake

condensed milk
red wine vinegar

mix meat, egg, bread, and about 1/4-1/2c condensed milk

mix mustard and ketchup until dark orange/red (make a cup at least)
mix about 1/4c in with meat mixture
add 1/4c or less red wine vinegar to what's left (will be used for topping)

Press meat mixture into pan and top with remaining ketchup mixture.


Simply Mom said...

Random Thought: Yesterday, reading your blog, was the first time I had seen/heard food referred to as "pedestrian". Then watching Masterchef last night (the best competitive cooking show in my opinion), Gordon Ramsay used it in reference to someones dish.

Barb said...

This does look yummy - a person can always use a good meatloaf recipe!

Wendy said...

Found you over at Full Plate Thursday...I'm a new follower! This looks great! I would love to have you link up to my 2-in-1 Thursday hop.

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bj said...

I never have figured out WHY meatloaf isn't served even in the high places. I love MY meatloaf, recipe from my mom, but I can't wait to try yours.:) Sound fabulous.

O, and just so ya know..I am your newest follower..come by to see me sometime soon.
xo bj

Miz Helen said...

Hi Laura,
What a great meatloaf. We would really enjoy all that wonderful flavor. Thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday, have a great week end and come back soon!
Miz Helen

Amy said...

Your meatloaf looks delicious and comforting. I'm sure grandma's recipe is the best. Thanks for sharing and have a wonderful weekend.


Wendy said...

Yummy! Would love to have you share at Turning the Table Thursday...stop by every Thursday to link up!

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