Friday, May 25, 2007

Be sure to make enough for leftovers!

We are big fans of leftovers so we have something easy and ready-to-go for lunch the next day. Even though I am usually just making dinner for the two of us, I don't often halve recipes (though, I will if it is a dish of flavors we have not had before) and we usually have enough to either freeze or finish the extra within a day or two. I've even been known to double recipes like this Italian-Style Meat Loaf that we had tonight just TO have leftovers!

We would usually cut the ground sirloin with ground chicken or turkey in a recipe like this to make it a little lighter, but we had just the right amount of beef already in the freezer. While the marinara sauce and onions add flavor, they also keep this loaf moist, with Italian breadcrumbs and an egg acting as the binder to hold it together. Fresh grated Parmesan cheese and a variety of herbs are also tossed in to season the mixture. When you go to combine all of the ingredients, I like to mix everything together first, except the beef, and then gently fold in the ground meat so there is less of a chance to overwork the mixture. The original directions call for forming the loaf free-form on a broiler pan, however I have found it is easier to first line a loaf pan with plastic wrap and then gently press the meat in. I then use the plastic wrap to lift the formed loaf out and turn it onto the broiler pan - I just find it helps hold its shape better and is a little less messy. Before it goes into the oven, the meat loaf gets a generous coating of the marinara sauce on top. Lots of flavor and quite moist, this loaf was easy to slice and did not fall apart at all when we served it. And my earlier remark about the leftovers and this dish? Easy... We need to make sure to have enough so we can make meat loaf sandwiches for lunch tomorrow! Woo!


  1. Looks great! My brother loves meatloaf - I will have to try this one out on him next time he visits!

  2. Darn it! I've been craving meatloaf lately and thus far have gotten away from making it but these pictures just may get the better of me. I want a meatloaf sandwich! :)

  3. Seriously, I made this the same night as you! I can't wait for next-day sandwiches either...I may whip up a loaf of Italian Bread just for the occasion :)

  4. How interesting... I made this about a week ago. You know me and meatloaf, Joe. I didn't use a recipe from cooking light but mine looked very similar.
    Now I want it again.

  5. Midwestmaven - If you try it, do let me know how it turns out!

    Robyn - Well, if you were closer I would gladly share a slice!

    Elizabeth - too cool! Enjoy the sandwich!

    Heather - Yeah! More meatloaf please!