Pizza Maker’s Meatloaf Recipe

A zesty meatloaf with your favorite pizza toppings
A zesty meatloaf with your favorite pizza toppings

A pizzaiola (pizza-maker) always has tomato, mozzarella, pecorino, basil and oregano on hand so why not make a meatloaf?

Got 30 minutes? Then you have time to make this tasty meatloaf.

Everything goes into casserole dish and bakes in the oven for 20 minutes.

A variation of my meatloaf recipe forms the pizza “crust”. Top it with chopped San Marzano tomatoes right out of the can, the herbs and cheeses and bake it in a hot oven.

Serve the pizza meatloaf with a salad and a hunk of crusty bread and you have a meal in about a half-hour.

The crusty tender meatloaf is the perfect base for this pizza with a tangy gooey tomato & mozzarella topping.

I like to make sure I have meatloaf leftover. Just heat up a slice or make a sandwich for a quick meal. The meatloaf is even better the next day.

Buon appetito!

Pizza-Maker's Meatloaf Recipe
 
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Recipe type: Entree
Cuisine: Italian
Serves: 4-6
Ingredients
  • 1 pound of chopped beef
  • 2 ounces pancetta, finely diced
  • 2 slices stale bread, soaked in water or milk
  • 1 egg
  • ½ cup grated pecorino
  • 2 tablespoons fresh Italian parsley, chopped
  • ½ teaspoon dried oregano
  • 2 tablespoons fresh basil, ripped in pieces
  • sea salt and freshly grated black pepper
  • 1 cup canned San Marzano tomato
  • 4 ounces mozzarella, shredded
Instructions
  1. Pre-heat the oven to 425 degrees.
  2. Squeeze out the water from the soaking stale bread.
  3. Put the beef, eggs, bread, 3-tablespoons of the grated pecorino, salt and pepper to taste in a large bowl.
  4. Mix the ingredients well with your hands or a spatula.
  5. Put the meatloaf mixture in a well-buttered 10-inch round casserole or pie dish.
  6. Pat the meatloaf down to form a "crust" on the bottom and about 2-inches up the side of the dish.
  7. Cover the top of the meatloaf with the chopped tomatoes.
  8. Scatter the ripped basil and sprinkle the oregano over the tomatoes.
  9. Scatter the mozzarella evenly over the tomatoes.
  10. Sprinkle the remaining grated pecorino on top of the mozzarella.
  11. Bake in the oven until the crust is golden and the cheese on top is melted.
  12. Let the meatloaf rest for 5 minutes before serving,

 

2012 The Year of the Meatloaf?

Meatloaf (Polpettone)

So says The Chronicle’s Paolo Lucchesi, meatloaf along with pickles will be hot in 2012. Maybe I’m ahead of the curve on the pickle front. Try my pickled vinegar peppers and my giardiniera (pickled vegetables) that I posted late last year.

My Mom’s meatloaf or polpettone (big meatball in Italian) is still a favorite. This is an “all in one dish” meal with about 15 minutes of prep time and 60 minutes in the oven. The meatloaf recipe is a variation of my meatball recipe so you can watch the Sunday Gravy episode (about 8.5 minutes into the video) to get a sense of how I put the meatloaf mixture together. Just form the meatloaf and brush the top of the meatloaf with some EVOO to help form a nice crust on the top.

Later on we modified my Mom’s meatloaf. We topped it with tomato sauce and laid bacon on top. Bacon makes everything better, right? I stayed pure with this one but I tell you how to make the meatloaf with sauce and bacon in the recipe.

My Mom surrounded her meatloaf with potato, onion, celery and carrot. I love that vegetable combination but I changed it up here. I’ve roasted flat cippolini onions, potatoes and butternut squash with this polpettone. You can add any vegetables you like to the roasting pan. Have it your way. Just make sure you have some meatloaf and vegetables left over. It’s great heated up the next day and it makes a great sandwich too. Don’t tell anybody but sometimes I like a little ketchup with this dish.

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