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Parmesan Meat Loaf

Parmesan Meat Loaf

Prep Time:  15 minutes
Total time: 1 hour
Serves: 4

  • 1½ lbs ground beef
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 grated onion
  • ½ c chopped flat-leaf parsley
  • ½ c bread crumbs
  • ½ c grated Parmesan
  • ¼ c tomato paste
  • salt
  • pepper

Combine beef, egg, onion, parsley, bread crumbs, Parmesan, and tomato paste; season with salt and pepper.  On a foil-lined baking sheet, form the mixture into an 8″ loaf.  Bake at 400°F until cooked through, 40-50 minutes.

Parmesan Meat Loaf Mix

This recipe comes to us from Real Simple’s 10 Ideas for:  Ground Beef.  I think this is one of two recipes I selected from that list.  The other is meatballs which I haven’t had a chance to try yet since I always default to these when I have a need for meatballs.  More or less just letting you know it won’t be like Real Simple’s 10 Ideas for:  Chicken Cutlets.  Even though I didn’t even make all 10 of those it sure felt like I made at least twenty with as often as I was referencing idea list.

Parmesan Meat Loaf – not half bad free-form
Parmesan Meat Loaf – didn’t turn out too well after baking, but hey, still tastes a-okay!

I thought it was odd that this recipe didn’t call for a loaf pan but rather just shaping the meat into a loaf.  As you can see, my free-form loaf didn’t turn out the greatest.  The mixture was a little to dry and crumbly to work with.  But I did hope that at least the free-form style would allow for the grease and fat to drain off.  That didn’t seem to be the case though.  So I don’t see why not just use a loaf pan.

Overall it was easy enough and had a nice flavor.  I can’t recall what I served with the meatloaf and I apparently didn’t take any pictures to jog my memory.  I’m sure I served it with a salad.  Regardless, I would recommend a salad, maybe some mashed potatoes (homemade or instant) and/or green veggies (broccoli or green beans).

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