Mini Meatloaves, Mother Truckers.

The other night, I decided to try out a recipe for Individual Sicilian Meat Loaves. From my favorite mag, Anyone Can Cook, obviously. Here's what you need:

1 egg, slightly beaten
1 3/4 cups garlic/ onion pasta sauce
1/4 cup seasoned fine dry bread crumbs
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp ground black pepper
12 oz of ground beef
2 oz mozzarella cheese or 2 sticks of mozzarella string cheese
4 thin slices prosciutto or cooked ham
9 oz cooked fettuccine

Preheat oven to 400. In a medium bowl, combine egg, 1/4 cup pasta sauce, bread crumbs, salt, and pepper. Add ground beef to that mother.

Cut string cheese sticks in half, crosswise. Wrap a slice of prosciutto around each cheese log. Add 1/4 of the meat mixture around each meat stick to form a loaf. Place in a shallow pan and cook for approx 20 minutes.

Arrange meatloaves over fettuccine. Spoon sauce over top. Add Parmesan if you like it.

-The pasta sauce I used was regular old Ragu Traditional.
-I used shredded mozzarella and basically used the sliced ham to make a burrito out of it. Then I stuck a bunch of pieces of the ground piece mixture around it.
-The pasta options we had were slim. I went with elbow macaroni. Next time, I'll try egg noodles.
-I may have used less ground beef than called for. I got three loaves out of it.
-I like Parmesan. I added a lot.
-The loaves were very tender and juicy. I'm not sure if that's because I may have under cooked them, but nobody got sick. So basically, I owned that recipe.

These fucking loaves were DELICIOUS and I've been whispering sweet nothings to a package of ground beef in the freezer ever since. The recipe was surprisingly easy to make and pretty much foolproof if I was able to make them on a whim and not fuck anything up.

If you like spaghetti bolognese, you'll like this. Because that's basically what this is.



Nikosmommy said...

This sounds easy and tasty! My kind of recipe.
And don't worry, I won't judge you for your unsophisticated pasta...I'm no noodle snob.

Anonymous said...

looks good. if you are feeling groovy you could sculpt your loaves creatively before cooking. that would be extra classy.

Ally said...

That sounds awe-SOME! My friend makes her mini loaves in little tins, makes it like a meat muffin' I guess ha ha.

M. Hicks said...

I love a stuffed meat meal, and people always think they're more complicated/impressive than they are. I'm going to cheater your recipe and make these into burgers on garlic toast with melty cheese on top of sauce too!
Great recipe.

Coyote Rose said...

This looks so yummy!

Simone Says... said...

do you have any meat haters recipes?

StephanieC said...

LOL @ Simone...

All I want is carbs and cheese now.

And something meatless. ;-P


Wombat Central said...

O-M-G, those are some righteous looking mini meat cakes (that's what we call them)!

Cake Betch said...

What?? Those look delicious! I wish I wasn't such a waste in the kitchen because I might actually try to make them. If it requires more than some boiling water or a spin in the microwave it's too much for me to handle.

ChristinaC said...

I printed this and I am totally making this for Gabe and Vago tomorrow night!

You're Lucky I Don't Have a Gun... said...

NIKO - thanks for not judging. unfortunately, i was fresh out of caviar, which was going to be my side dish. ;)

MINA - great idea. next time i will sculpt them into bust form while listening to Lionel Ritchie's Is It Me You're Looking For?.

ALLY - i was just at an estate sale not too long ago and they had a bunch of those mini tins. maybe i should have invested.

HICKS - ooooh, that sounds GOOD! blog it so i can see how the recipe works for you!!!

ROSE - thanks!!

SIMONE - i'm bad at the vegetarian thing. i know, i need to amp up the non-meat meals. i'll see what i can do.

STEPH - are you a vegetarian? i don't think i ever knew that. do desserts count as vegetarian meals??

WOMBAT - thanks!!

CAKE - they're surprisingly easy, you should try them!

CHRISTINA - yaaaaay! i hope they turn out okay, otherwise you're going to call me out for lying about my shitty food. ;) let me know how it goes!!

ChristinaC said...

Just finished eating and it was delicious!! Recipes was super easy to follow too! I used fresh mozzarella and procuitto equals extra yummy! I now have a food baby in my belly! I give the recipe and ease 5 chins!!

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