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Cheeseburger Meatloaf

Wow, you all know how to bring it! The third monthly installment of Before & After Parties kicked off over here on Friday, and so many great projects were linked up!

If you’re new to Before & After, it’s a set of link parties dedicated to sharing an idea at the beginning of the month, and then working on your goal and telling us about it at the end of the month. You don’t have to have a blog to participate – you can send me before & after pictures in an email – and the topic could be anything from learning to bake bread to a home renovation project to starting to write a book. These parties are all about getting motivated to accomplish something! If you’d like to link up a project, the March Before Party is open all month and you are more than welcome to join.

Now let’s talk Mangia Mondays!!

Mondays around here are all about food! I host MM with the beautiful mama-in-waiting Kristin of Delightfully Dowling, and we’re constantly inspired by all the deliciousness you bring to the table each Monday!

I already know what some of you are thinking – Meatloaf??? No thanks. Maybe you associate meatloaf with a tasteless grey meat you were forced to eat as a kid, or maybe just at the mere mention of the word you find yourself humming
p a r a d i s e  b y  t h e  d a s h b o a r d  l i g h t s.
{While I’m making this cheeseburger meatloaf I find myself singing “I like mine with lettuce and tomatoes, Heinz 57 and french fried potatoes….”}. 

I remember one time I made this meatloaf for my brother and niece. When I put it on the table they both just sat there staring at the loaf pan with horrified expressions and one of them said,  “Meat? In the shape of a loaf pan???? That’s just wrong!” If you feel nervous at the very thought of meatloaf, trust me – this recipe is truly worthy of a try. It’s basically a cheeseburger baked into a pan – how could that not be good??? Even better the next day between two slices of bread…..nom nom nom!

Olive oil
1 cup chopped onion
6 tablespoons ketchup, divided into 4T & 2 T
2 tablespoons Dijon mustard, divided into 1T and 1T
1 cup (4 oz.) shredded mozzarella
1/2 cup Italian-seasoned breadcrumbs
1/4 cup fresh parsley (I substituted 1 tablespoon dried parsley)
2 tablespoons grated Parmesan
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1 large egg, lightly beaten
and either:
1 1/2 lbs. ground beef
1/2 lb. ground beef
1/2 lb. ground pork
1/2 lb. ground veal
(I go with the all-beef version)

Preheat oven to 375.
Over medium-high heat, swirl olive oil in saute pan. When shimmering, add onions and cook for 3 minutes. In large bowl combine onions, 4 T ketchup, 1 T mustard, mozzarella, breadcrumbs, parsley, Parmesan, oregano, pepper and egg. Crumble meat into bowl and combine.
Coat an 8×4″ loaf pan with cooking spray. Pack meat mixture into pan.
Combine 2 T ketchup and 1 T mustard. Spread over top of loaf pan.

Bake for 1 hour. Let stand in pan for 10 minutes. Remove from pan; cut into slices and serve.
Trust me on this one! It’s yummy.

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Have a wonderful week everyone!

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Tuesday 6th of March 2012

Hi sweetie Lisa!! I love your new design, it looks so beautiful. Just to let you know I LOVE MEATLOAF....yes I said it and yours looks so delicious, I have to try it. Thank you for having such a wonderful linky party, I always love seeing you! You know you were the first person to invite me to link up to a linky party? I will never forget that! I have linked up my One Lovely Blog Award! I hope you are having a fabulous morning!! Nettie <3 <3 <3


Tuesday 6th of March 2012

Oh, how I love me some meatloaf!!! Can I have an invite over? Mashed Potatoes, too??? hehe

Privet and Holly

Monday 5th of March 2012

This sounds scrummy,Lisa! My son just requesteda meatloaf and I bought thebeef, yesterday. (We do noteat lamb or veal at our house.)The Italian twist would be oneeveryone will love; thank you!

xx Suzanne