Meatloaf is a pretty generic food, one that most people tend to dislike. I’m not sure why, because I’ve always been a fan of it, but maybe I’m part of the minority in that sense! To me, meatloaf is another comfort food. It’s perfect served up with some macaroni and cheese or fettuccine, and it’s time in the oven helps to heat my apartment! It’s always fun to find a twist on a classic, though, and this is an amazing twist! I found the recipe on a leaflet on a bottle of sun-dried tomatoes. It sounded super tasty, so I decided to take the recipe and run with it, and basically create my own Italian meatloaf. If you like sneaking vegetables into food, now is your chance! Finely chopped onions and carrots, and maybe even celery, would go great in here. Sun-dried tomatoes add a nice kick in every bite, and adding cheese and wine always makes Italian food taste better! 🙂 Italian Meatloaf
2 pounds ground beef
1 pound Italian sausage, casings removed
¾ cup bread crumbs
⅓ cup ketchup
¾ cup red wine
1 cup sun-dried tomatoes in oil, chopped
1 cup Parmesan cheese, grated
3 cloves garlic
¼ cup dried basil
¼ cup dried oregano
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
Combine all ingredients in a large bowl, using your hands to mix it thoroughly. Shape into a loaf and place in a 9-inch by 5-inch loaf pan. Cook for 70 minutes or until cooked through.
Source: Adapted from Recipe Source
Whenever I hear meatloaf I always think of that scene in A Christmas Story…”Meatloaf, meatloaf, double beetloaf, I hate meatloaf.” LOL. That said, I would definitely consider giving your meatloaf a try. Especially with wine and cheese. 🙂
Hehe, meatloaf seems like a very typical “American” food, at least in my eyes. It’s not something that people seem to eat very much in Europe, although the times I’ve had it it’s been perfectly fine. I agree that it can be a bit of a disaster though if done badly. Grey and crumbly and generally not good. Love the addition of red wine and parmesan (and of course the sun-dried tomatoes… LOVE those) – those are always guaranteed to boost the flavour and texture!
I must be in the minority, Stefanie, because I really enjoy meatloaf and absolutely love a meatloaf sandwich the next day. This recipe will be good either way!
I usually don’t make meatloaf with Italian sausage, but it sounds simply delicious. Great post!
Stefanie, every time I see jokes about meatloaf in American films I am wondering why it is considered as such a basic food. I have never had meatloaf in my life and it looks scrumptious and versatile as a dish. Trying your version sounds like a great idea to start with! (And you confirm once more that leaflet recipes work).
I am a meatloaf fan! Love it, and love the sound of this Italian version. Yum!!
I think meatloaf gets such a bad rap because most people think of it at plain 50’s or diner food. The fact is one can create just about anything is meatloaf and it’s so delicious! Love the sun dried tomatoes in this recipe.
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