Italian Meatloaf

Italian Meatloaf

by Pam on October 8, 2012

I was craving meatloaf so I decided to try a new recipe from Michael Chiarello[1] instead of my usual meatloaf[2] recipe.  I found this recipe for an Italian meatloaf that looked and sounded terrific.  It was very easy to put together, it smelled amazing while it baked, and it turned out really moist and tender.  We all liked the meatloaf and it paired well with potatoes & greens I served with it (recipes to post soon).

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.  Coat a loaf man with cooking spray.

Heat the olive oil in a skillet over medium heat.  Add the onions, peppers, and mushrooms to the skillet.  Cook, stirring often, until tender; about 5 minutes. Add the minced garlic and cook, stirring constantly, for 1 minute.  Remove from the heat and let them cool.

Combine the ground beef with the bread crumbs, Parmesan cheese, eggs, basil, Worcestershire sauce, oregano, and balsamic vinegar along with the onion mixture.  Season with sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste; combine gently with your fingers until evenly mixed – be sure not to over mix.  Pack the mixture into the loaf pan.  Spread the marinara sauce evenly over the top of the loaf.

Place into the oven and bake for 1 hour or until a meat thermometer inserted in the center reaches 160 degrees.  Remove from the oven and let the meatloaf rest for 5-10 minutes before slicing and serving.

Print[3]



Italian Meatloaf




Yield: 8

Prep Time: 15 min.

Cook Time: 60 min.

Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutues



Ingredients:

2 tsp canola oil
1/2 sweet yellow onion, finely diced
2 baby bell peppers, finely diced
3 button mushrooms, finely diced
2-3 cloves of garlic, minced
1 lb lean ground beef
3/4 cup of Italian seasoned bread crumbs
1/2 cup of Parmesan cheese
2 eggs
3 tbsp fresh basil, chopped
1/2 tsp dried oregano
3 tsp Worcestershire sauce
3 tsp balsamic vinegar
Sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste
1 cup of marinara sauce

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Coat a loaf man with cooking spray.

Heat the olive oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add the onions, peppers, and mushrooms to the skillet. Cook, stirring often, until tender; about 5 minutes. Add the minced garlic and cook, stirring constantly, for 1 minute. Remove from the heat and let them cool.

Combine the ground beef with the bread crumbs, Parmesan cheese, eggs, basil, oregano, Worcestershire sauce, and balsamic vinegar along with the onion mixture. Season with sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste; combine gently with your fingers until evenly mixed – be sure not to over mix. Pack the mixture into the loaf pan. Spread the marinara sauce evenly over the top of the loaf. Place into the oven and bake for 1 hour or until a meat thermometer inserted in the center reaches 160 degrees.

Remove from the oven and let the meatloaf rest for 5-10 minutes before slicing and serving.



Adapted recipe and photos by For the Love of Cooking.net
Original recipe by Michael Chiarello

References

  1. ^ Michael Chiarello (www.foodnetwork.com)
  2. ^ meatloaf (www.gordon-ramsay-recipe.com)
  3. ^ Print Recipe (www.gordon-ramsay-recipe.com)

Three Cheese Tortellini and Mushroom Soup

This is one delicious bowl of soup! Warm and satisfying, with tortellini in every bite. Top this with some fresh shaved Parmigiano Reggiano and you’ll experience a wonderful unami[1] taste sensation.

Soup is the perfect one pot meal. Vegetarians can swap out the chicken broth for vegetable broth (also perfect for Meatless Mondays). Using the rind from the Parmigiano Reggiano cheese is optional, but if you have it I recommend using it, it adds so much depth and flavor.

And a little nutritional tidbit about mushrooms, courtesy of registered dietician, Heather K Jones.[2] This veggie has achieved superfood status and with good
reason. It’s loaded with important vitamins and minerals, including
heart-protecting copper, B vitamins and antioxidants. These fabulous
fungus come in a lot of different varieties and are very versatile. 

Heather has generously offered to provide nutritional tidbits on lots of the fruits and vegetables I use in my future recipes. Call me a geek,
but I love knowing what I’m eating is not only delicious, but is
benefiting my health as well.

I’m sure most of you know I am currently working on my first cookbook, but I’m not sure if you all know that Heather K Jones[3] is working with me on this book. Heather is a great asset to Skinnytaste and has written and contributed to many books for Self, Prevention, Good Housekeeping, and more. She is my go-to person when I have a nutritional question and has posted some great articles on Skinny Bits including The Skinny On Sweeteners[4]

For those of you who don’t like mushrooms, you can certainly swap them for a vegetable you like, or try this Spinach Tortellini en Brodo recipe[5]. Enjoy!




Three Cheese Mushroom and Tortellini Soup
gordon-ramsay-recipe.com
Servings: 8 • Serving Size: 1 1/2 cups • Old Points: 2 pts • Points+: 4 pts
Calories: 138 • Fat: 4 g • Carbs: 19.5 gFiber: 2.5 g • Protein: 7 gSugar: 2.5 g
Sodium: 605 mg (without added salt)

Ingredients:

  • 2 tsp butter
  • 2 stalks of celery, chopped
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 carrot, peeled & chopped
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 8 cups fat free chicken broth (vegetable broth for vegetarians)
  • 2 cups water
  • 5 oz shitaki mushrooms, sliced
  • 8 oz baby bella mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 small Parmigiano Reggiano rind (optional)
  • 9 oz three cheese tortellini (Buitoni)
  • salt to taste
  • 1/2 tsp fresh ground pepper
  • Parmigiano Reggiano, grated (optional for topping)

Directions:

In a large pot, melt the butter over medium-low heat. When melted, add the celery, onion, carrot and garlic. Cover and reduce heat to low and cook for approximately 8-10 minutes until vegetables begin to soften.

Add the chicken broth, water, mushrooms, rind and increase heat to medium-high and bring to a boil. When broth boils, add salt (to taste) and black pepper; stir to combine. Reduce heat to low, simmer until mushrooms are soft, about 20 minutes. Add tortellini and cook according to package directions for al dente.

Once cooked, remove the rind, stir to combine and garnish with freshly grated Parmigiano Reggiano if desired.

Makes 12 cups.

References

  1. ^ unami (en.wikipedia.org)
  2. ^ Heather K Jones. (www.heatherkjones.com)
  3. ^ Heather K Jones (www.heatherkjones.com)
  4. ^ The Skinny On Sweeteners (www.skinny-bits.com)
  5. ^ Spinach Tortellini en Brodo recipe (www.gordon-ramsay-recipe.com)

Chicken recipes

Chicken recipes

Chicken has got to be one of our favourite meats to cook with. It’s cheap, versatile and is a real crowd-pleaser with the whole family. If you love cooking chicken, take a look at our guide for what type of chicken to buy, how to store, prepare and cook chicken and what tasty flavours you can use to create delicious chicken recipes.

Chicken nutrients

Chicken is not only tasty, it’s full of nutrients that your family needs. As well as being a great source of protein, chicken is also rich in vitamin B6 and B3, which help your body’s metabolism by turning protein into energy. As well as providing a dose of potassium and amino acids, which aid your body’s growth and maintenance, chicken is also full of selenium, which produces antioxidants and has been linked to cancer protection.

Beware of the chicken skin! It may be very tasty but it can almost double the amount of fat in your chicken . Cook the chicken with the skin on but remove before eating to get all the flavours in your meat without all the fat – best of both worlds!

 

Types of chicken  

Fresh or frozen chicken?

Fresh chicken lasts 2-3 days in the fridge so if you’re planning on using it immediately you should go for fresh chicken as it’s easier to prepare. Make sure the chicken feels supple and doesn’t smell funny to ensure it’s fresh. You can freeze fresh chicken buy washing it, patting dry, wrapping in tight parcels and putting in the freezer. Always freeze chicken on the day you bought it. 

Frozen chicken is often cheaper so if you’re doing a big shop for the month a bag of frozen chicken will save you some cash. Make sure the chicken is completely frozen and has no liquid in the package – as this means it has defrosted slightly. To defrost a chicken, you need to allow it to defrost in the fridge and not at room temperature – make sure you place it on a plate to collect any of the juices.

Chicken juices can contaminate other foods so make sure, however you store your chicken, that no juices can escape the packaging and get onto other foods.

It is very important to check the sell-by date when buying chicken. Do not buy or eat chicken even slightly past the sell-by date.

 

Cuts of chicken  

Whole chicken. The best way to cook a whole chicken is, of course, to roast it. You can buy it with or without the giblets (organs) inside. The giblets can be used in a stock or gravy for extra flavour but they aren’t for the squeamish! A little oil and lemon is all you need to bring out the flavours in your roast chicken – or you could try something a little different with one of our roast chicken recipes.

Whole chickens are cheaper than buying the parts separately so if you’re feeling brave you can buy a whole one and cut it down into joints. We have a step-by-step guide for how to joint chicken if you fancy giving it a go. If you don’t fancy this, ask your butcher to do it for you.

Chicken breasts. Breasts have the lowest fat content of all cuts of chicken and you can buy them with or without the skin. Chicken breasts are really versatile and can be stuffed, grilled, baked or fried and, when chopped, used in pasta dishes, salads, pies and many, many more recipes.

Chicken thighs. Chicken thighs are a cheaper alternative to chicken breasts and some people say they’re a lot tastier as the meat is a little darker and has a richer flavour. Chicken thighs can be bought boned or boneless and can be used in a variety of different meals – casseroles, traybakes and stuffed are just some of our ways with chicken thighs.

Chicken drumsticks. Similar to thighs in taste and texture, chicken drumsticks are good on the BBQ and are delicious baked with a tasty marinade. They’re wonderfully messy as well so the kids will love eating them!

Chicken wings. The cheapest cut of chicken, wings are quite fatty and have very little meat on them compared to other cuts but they’re delicious on the BBQ and make great party food snacks as you can eat them with your hands.

 

 

How to cook chicken

Preparing chicken

When preparing chicken you have to be a lot more careful than with other foods and meats. The bacteria on raw chicken can cause salmonella poisoning so it’s important not to let it touch any other raw food or cooking utensils before it is cooked. When preparing the chicken you need to use separate chopping boards and utensils to other foods – or make sure you wash them thoroughly before using them again. Surfaces and utensils should be washed with warm soapy water to rid them of raw chicken juices. Your hands are equally as important and must be washed regularly when handling chicken to ensure you don’t contaminate other surfaces.

When cooking chicken you need to make sure it is cooked all the way through before serving. If you see any pink areas, it needs to be cooked longer. Thigh and drumstick meat will look a little grey when cooked. To check a whole chicken is cooked, insert a skewer into one of the joints and if the juices run clear, it’s ready.

 

Ways to cook chicken

Baked chicken is the healthiest way to cook chicken. It allows the juice and flavours to develop so the meat will need less seasoning once done.

Frying chicken is less healthy but is great if you’re in a hurry. Use one calorie oil spray rather than oil or butter if you want to keep the calorie down.

Barbecuing chicken can be delicious but you have to be very careful about making sure it is cooked properly – check our guide for barbecuing chicken.

Poaching or steaming chicken are other, slightly old-fashioned, ways to cook chicken but are also great as a healthier alternative to frying.

Slow cooking. If you overcook chicken in the oven it can become really dry but that doesn’t mean you can’t slow cook it. If you have a slow cooker you can add it to a rich sauce a cook for up to 8 hours for a deliciously rich flavour. See our slow cooker recipes for some ideas.

 

Flavours that complement chicken

  • Lemon
  • Garlic
  • Chilli
  • Mustard
  • Leeks
  • Pesto
  • Paprika
  • Cajun spices
  • Curry powder
  • Saffron
  • Oregano

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