Saturday, January 15, 2011

Italian Mini Meat Loaves

Yum! This was the best meatloaf I've ever had! My husband took a bite as soon as it came out of the oven and said, "this is a a repeater!" So, needless to say yay! I based my recipe off of the one I found in my Rachael Ray 30 minute Meals Cookbook.

1ish pounds of ground sirloin
1 large egg, beaten
2/3 cup Italian bread crumbs
handful of mozzarella cheese
½ small onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, chopped
3 tablespoons tomato paste
Salt and ground black pepper

Preheat the oven to 425.

First, take the meat and make a well. I was worried about my well, it was fine.

Beat the egg. And then add it to the well.

Add the Italian bread crumbs, cheese, onion, garlic, tomato paste to the well.

Then form 4 mini loaves. It was fun to play around with the mixture. I was a little bit leery of it all forming. But it formed magnificently!

Use EVOO to coat the mini loaves and then pop it in the oven for 18-20 minutes.

Finished product.. nom nom nom

Served with my favorite, Velveeta Shells and Cheese on the side!
Verdict? Delicious! And will definitely make again. My husband loved it, though he claimed he could do with maybe some marinara sauce. He would like it as a gigantic meatball haha. I think I would add more tomato paste, but the flavor was amazing. The onioin/garlic did a fab job and the bread crumbs were great as well. Very juicy.