We had a weird craving for meatloaf this weekend so Mr. Fox and I decided to freestyle our own recipe and attempted to make our own version by combining both Italian and Classic meatloaf recipes that we found on the Internet. I must say, it was pretty good for our first run and came out really tasty. We were afraid that it would taste bland but to our surprise the meatloaf was bursting with flavor and our culinary experiment was a success! We couldn't just make meatloaf for dinner so we also decided to make oven roasted potatoes for a side dish and both paired of real well. Here's our recipe:
1-1/2 .lb Ground Beef (we used sirloin because it is less fattier)
2 Large Eggs
1 c. Italian Flavored Breadcrumbs
4-6 Cloves of Garlic, chopped
1/2 Onion, chopped
1/3 c. Red Bell Pepper, chopped
1/3 c. Fresh Basil, chopped
1/3 c. Fresh Parsley, chopped
2 tbsp of Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Salt and Pepper
-- Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees.
-- Take a sauté pan and place 2 tbsp of olive oil until it's hot. When hot enough, place the chopped garlic, onion and red bell pepper mix on the pan and stir until cooked. Put aside when finished and let the ingredients cool on the pan.
-- Take a big mixing bowl and break up the ground beef with a fork. Add the two large eggs and a cup of Italian flavored bread crumbs and mix accordingly.
-- Take the cooked garlic, onion and red bell pepper mix and add it to the meat mixture and mix.
-- Add chopped Basil and Parsley on the bowl and mix again.
-- Season the meat by sprinkling Salt and Pepper (to your liking) on the bowl and mix.
-- Take a baking loaf pan and spread the meat mixture on the pan. (NOTE: We used 5 individual baby loaf pans for individual serving and portion control). Make sure not to over fill your loaf pan and leave some room. Place loaf pan on a flat baking sheet or pan and place inside the oven.
-- Bake in the oven for 1 hour to 1 hour and 15 mins (depending on your oven) until brown and cooked.
-- Let pan cool for 15 minutes
-- Slice, Serve with or without Ketchup and Enjoy!
GARLIC ROASTED POTATO INGREDIENTS:
6 Medium Sized White Potato (quarter sliced)
4 Cloves of Chopped Garlic
1/3 c. of Chopped Fresh Parsley
3 tbsp of Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Salt and Pepper
-- Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
-- Grab a mixing bowl and place cut potatoes.
-- Drizzle Olive oil.
-- Add chopped garlic and parsley on the mix.
-- Season with Salt and Pepper to your liking.
-- Mix ingredients with spoon accordingly.
-- Grab a baking sheet and spread potatoes evenly.
-- Place in oven to cook for 1 to 1-1/2 hours depending on how crispy you would like them turn out.
-- Cool for 15 minutes.
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