Sunday, June 22, 2014

Garlic Italian Meat Loaf

Yes There are So many ways to make Meat Loaf delicious!!We love Italian food so here is an Italian Spiced Meat Loaf that is filled with lots of Garlic, it's so good you won't want to stop eating it. Serve it up with Mashed Potatoes and a veggie or side salad, Enjoy Good Food
Serves 6

What you Need:
1 1/2 Pounds of ground chuck(you can substitute ground turkey,sausage, ground beef or a mixture)
1 large whole Garlic, peeled and diced small
1 teaspoon fresh marjoram
1 teaspoon fresh rosemary leaves
1 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves
1 teaspoon fresh oregano leaves
(NOTE: you can use 2 Tablespoons of Italian Seasonings) I do fine chop my fresh herbs in a little grinder or mini food processor)
2 teaspoons sweet paprika
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1 teaspoon turmeric
1/4 teaspoon parsley
1/4 teaspoon cayenne, optional
1/2 cup milk or low-sodium chicken broth
1 package crackers crushed fine(use a food processor)
1 egg
Sea salt and black pepper to taste
Olive oil cooking Spray
SAUCE:
1 can of Spaghetti sauce(I used Mushroom) your choice
1 14.5-oz. can diced tomatoes
Zest of 1 lemon
Salt and pepper

Preparation
Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray a loaf pan with cooking spray.
Make meat loaf: Place meat mix in a large bowl; add crackers,egg and all your spices, including cayenne, if desired. Then add your minced Garlic, salt and pepper and Milk or broth. Mix gently but thoroughly with your fingers. Shape meat into a loaf and transfer to greased pan.
Meanwhile Make sauce: Pour broth into a pot; add tomatoes.  Bring to a simmer over medium-high heat. Cook, stirring occasionally, for about 10 minutes. Stir in zest; season with salt and pepper.
Bake loaf 30 minutes; pour 1 cup Sauce over meat loaf. Continue to bake until a meat thermometer inserted into center reads 160°F, 15 to 20 minutes longer. Remove meat loaf to a platter, tent with foil and let rest 10 minutes.
Slice meat loaf and serve, serve extra sauce over meat or on potatoes if you like.

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