Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Mini Italian Meatloafs

Meatloaf is one of my favorite dishes. Growing up, it was always a highlight when my mom made meatloaf for dinner. I enjoy my meatloaf with a big side of mashed potatoes and corn and lots of brown gravy. After years of monotony, I decided to shake things up a bit and try a different kind of meatloaf. In the words of my grandfather, "What are all these colorful things in here?" Packed with bell peppers, onions and Italian seasonings, this is my version of an Italian style meatloaf. I served mine with Creamy Garlic Mashed Potatoes and The Best Spinach.

Recipe yields 10 mini meatloaves

2.5 lbs ground beef
2 large eggs
1 1/4 cup Italian breadcrumbs
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1 tbsp oregano
2 tsp basil
1 red bell pepper, finely chopped
1 medium yellow onion, finely chopped
1 head garlic, finely chopped
6 oz. tomato paste

Preheat the oven to 425F degrees. Finely chop the pepper, onion and garlic. In a large mixing bowl, combine all ingredients until evenly incorporated. Form meat mixture into 10 mini loaves. Arrange on greased baking sheet and place in the oven. Roast for 20-25 minutes or until cooked through. Serve alongside your favorite side dishes. Enjoy!