Individual Italian-Style Meatloaves

Individual Italian-Style Meatloaves
Staff Writer
Dawn Viola

Individual Italian-Style Meatloaves

Individual, mini meatloaves offer a shorter cooking time for almost-instant gratification. Italian bread, Parmigiano-Reggiano, fresh parsley, and bits of peppery garlic replace store-bought breadcrumbs. And lean ground beef is made moist and flavorful by replacing the saturated fat (found in ground chuck) with fruity olive oil.

6
Servings
541
Calories Per Serving
Deliver Ingredients

Notes

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Ingredients

  • 1/4 Cup olive oil
  • 1 medium yellow onion, minced
  • 6 cloves garlic, smashed
  • 1/2 Teaspoon thyme
  • 2 Cups shredded fresh Italian bread
  • 1/4 Cup grated Parmigiano-Reggiano
  • 1/4 Cup chopped Italian parsley
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Kosher salt
  • 1/4 Teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 1/2 Pound lean ground beef
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • 1 Tablespoon tomato paste
  • 1 Tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 1 Teaspoon brown sugar

Directions

In a food processor add the shredded bread and pulse to form fine crumbs, set aside.

In a medium skillet heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the onion, garlic, and thyme; cook, stirring occasionally, until the onions are soft, about 6 minutes. Increase the heat to medium-high and add the breadcrumbs; cook, stirring frequently, until toasted. Remove from heat, let cool 10 minutes.

Return the bread mixture to food processor. Add cheese, parsley, salt, and pepper; pulse until well incorporated. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In a large bowl add the beef, bread mixture, egg, tomato paste, vinegar, and sugar. Using a fork, mix the ingredients until well combined but still loose. Do not mix with yours hands as it will compact and compress the meat.

Divide the meat mixture into 6 patties. Preheat a large oven-proof skillet over medium-high heat. Add the patties; cook for 3 minutes or until they are well browned on one side. Flip the patties and place skillet in the oven. Bake for 20 minutes or until an instant-read thermometer placed in the middle of the patties registers 150 degrees. Remove the skillet from the oven; let stand 10 minutes before serving.

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
16g
23%
Sugar
7g
8%
Saturated Fat
10g
42%
Cholesterol
96mg
32%
Carbohydrate, by difference
59g
45%
Protein
38g
83%
Vitamin A, RAE
5µg
1%
Vitamin B-12
3µg
100%
Vitamin B-6
1mg
77%
Vitamin C, total ascorbic acid
1mg
1%
Vitamin K (phylloquinone)
10µg
11%
Calcium, Ca
98mg
10%
Choline, total
107mg
25%
Fiber, total dietary
3g
12%
Folate, total
131µg
33%
Iron, Fe
7mg
39%
Magnesium, Mg
59mg
18%
Manganese, Mn
1mg
56%
Niacin
12mg
86%
Pantothenic acid
1mg
20%
Phosphorus, P
364mg
52%
Riboflavin
1mg
91%
Selenium, Se
58µg
100%
Sodium, Na
1111mg
74%
Thiamin
1mg
91%
Water
93g
3%
Zinc, Zn
8mg
100%

Italian Shopping Tip

Italian food is about simplicity and letting the ingredients shine. So make sure you get ingredients that are great quality and flavor. Farmers markets and specialty stores will have great produce and products. Just be sure to have some great olive oil.

Italian Cooking Tip

Unlike other highly regarded cuisines, Italian cooking is usually simple to make with many dishes having only 4 to 8 ingredients. Italian cooks rely chiefly on the quality of the ingredients rather than on elaborate preparation.