Italian Meatloaf

A delicious update to a classic comfort food.
Serves 8 | 

Ingredients:

2 lb ground beef chuck
1 lb sweet Italian sausage, casings removed
1 yellow onion, chopped
5 cloves garlic, minced
3 cups fresh bread crumbs
1 cup chopped parsley
2 tablespoons Italian seasonings
2 eggs, lightly beaten
1/2 cup tomato juice
1/2 cup dry red wine
2 cups fresh basil leaves
4 oz sun-dried tomatoes, packed in oil, drained
1 lb mozzarella, thinly sliced
Salt, to taste
Black pepper, to taste

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. Combine ground beef, sausage, onion, garlic, bread crumbs, parsely, Italian seasonings, and salt and pepper to taste in a large bowl. Add the wine, egs, tomato juice, wine and mix thoroughly.
  3. Lay out 1 large sheet of waxed paper. Spread the mixture out in a 15 x 12 inch rectangle. Arrange the basil leaves over the surface. Scatter the tomatoes over basil and arrange 3/4 of the cheese over tomatoes.
  4. Using the waxed paper as an aid and starting from one short side, roll up the meat like a jelly roll. Peel back the paper as you roll. place seam side down on a baking sheet lined with aluminum foil.
  5. Bake 1 hour. Place the remaining smoked mozzarella over the top of the load and bake until the cheese is melted, about 10 minutes more. Serve the meatloaf hot.
Season: Spring
Course: Dinner
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