Italian Meat Loaf

This easy Italian Meat Loaf recipe layered with spinach and mashed potatoes, is a bit more elegant and complex than standard meat loaf.

Italian Meat Loaf

Ingredients:

1 tsp olive oil
3 pieces white bread, crusts removed
1 yellow onion
1 shallot
4 cloves garlic
1/4 cup pecans
3 sprigs fresh thyme
1 1/2 lbs ground beef
1 egg, lightly beaten
1/4 cup dries currants
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
1 1/2 cups roasted garlic smashed potatoes
2 cups steamed spinach

Preparation:

1 – Preheat the oven to 375F. Grease a loaf pan with the oil. Soak the white bread in 2 cups water, then squeeze out the liquid. Peel and chop the onion and shallot. Peel and mince the garlic. Chop the pecans. Clean the thyme and remove the leaves (discard the stems).

2 – Mix together the bread, onions, shallot, garlic, pecans, thyme, beef, egg, currants, cinnamon, and pepper flakes.

3 – Layer the smashed potatoes, spinach, and beef mixture in the prepared pan. Press firmly.

4 – Bake for 45 minutes, uncovered. Drain off excess grease, and let cool slightly. Remove from loaf pan, slice, and serve.

Serves 8 to 10

Enjoy this easy Italian recipe!