But I can make meatloaf. And this Italian version will make you feel like you can do all of the above, times a hundred. I made this meatloaf on a Food Network episode with my boy Bryce last year, and we both loved every bite.
Meatloaf is my love language.
Tent the pan with foil and bake it for 40 minutes to start the cooking process and keep the pancetta from burning. Remove the foil and continue baking it for another 30 to 40 minutes, until the internal temperature reaches 160 degrees and the meatloaf is no longer pink in the middle.
And here are some variations!
• Use a combination of ground beef and ground turkey.
• Use a combination of ground beef and Italian sausage.
• Add 12 to 15 cloves of roasted garlic to the meat mixture. Mmmm…the flavor!
• Add a mixture of chopped fresh herbs (oregano, basil, etc.) instead of Italian seasoning.
• Add 1 cup grated Asiago cheese instead of Parmesan for a sharper flavor.
Here’s the handy dandy printable!
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
Place the ground beef, milk-soaked bread, Parmesan, eggs, parsley, Italian seasoning, salt, and pepper into a large bowl and smush/knead it around with your hands until everything is completely mixed.
Meanwhile, make the sauce: In a separate bowl, combine the diced tomatoes, brown sugar, mustard, cayenne, and Worcestershire and stir it together.
Place the meat mixture on a drip pan (a pan with a slotted tray on top) and form it into a big honkin’ loaf shape. Arrange the pancetta slices in an overlapping pattern all over the surface then spoon the tomato mixture all over the top. (Leave any excess juices in the bowl.)
Tent the pan with foil and bake it for 40 minutes. Remove the foil and continue baking it for another 30 to 40 minutes, until the internal temperature reaches 160 degrees and the meatloaf is no longer pink in the middle. Cut it into thick slice and serve it with your favorite sides.
Posted by Ree | The Pioneer Woman on March 10 2015