Recipe by FlemishMinx
This is a slightly different take on meatloaf, and when you prepare the tomatoes (their garlicy-olive oil taste make a very complementary combination) as well you've got an entire delicious meal. I think the only thing really "Italian" about this dish is the red/white/green color combination (as found in the Italian flag) that you get from the ingredients, but I've left the name as I found it on some now un-remembered website. Warning: this is a recipe for people who don't mind using their hands . . .
Top Review by Eli Ray
This was very good. I made it according to the recipe. The only thing I had a hard time with was the roasted tomatoes. They tasted good but came out mushy. However I don't think that's a problem with the recipe, I think it's operator error. :)
FOR THE MEATLOAF
- 500 g potatoes, peeled and diced
- 2 tablespoons milk
- salt and pepper, to taste
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 onion, peeled and chopped
- 1 red chili pepper, chopped (deseeded or not, your choice)
- 1 clove garlic, peeled,and chopped
- 750 g minced beef or 750 g ground pork or 750 g ground veal (preferably equal parts of the three)
- 3⁄4 cup white breadcrumb
- 1⁄4 cup fresh basil, roughly chopped
- 1 egg, beaten
- 1⁄2 cup mozzarella cheese, grated
- 6 -8 spinach leaves, washed,dried,stems and tough bits removed
- 2 tablespoons honey
FOR THE TOMATOES
- 8 tomatoes (1 for each person being served)
- 4 cloves garlic, thinly sliced (1/2 clove for each tomato being prepared)
- olive oil, for drizzling
- salt, for sprinkling
Directions See How It's Made
- Pre-heat oven to 200°C.
- FOR THE MEATLOAF:.
- Boil potatoes till tender; drain.
- Add milk and salt and pepper to taste; potatoes should still be pretty dry, but hold together enough to work with in a later step.
- While the potatoes are boiling, add oil to a frying pan and saute the onion, pepper, and garlic till tender, but not brown (about 3-5 minutes); take off heat and allow to cool.
- In a large bowl, combine the onion mix, minced meat, breadcrumbs, basil and egg; add salt and pepper to taste and mix very well (use your hands).
- Place half of the meat mixture in a baking dish, shaping it into a rather wide loaf with a flattened top (since you will be stacking the other ingredients above).
- Take half of the mashed potatoes, and make a level layer of them above the meat base (once again, hands work best).
- Cover the potato layer with the spinach leaves.
- Cover the spinach with the mozzarella, again making a level layer.
- Cover this with the remaining potatoes, once again leveling.
- Finish off with the remaining meat, molding and shaping it to not only cover the top, but down the sides as needed to keep the stacks together.
- Bake for 20 minutes, glaze the top with honey, and continue baking for 20 to 25 more minutes.
- Allow to rest 5 minutes before slicing.
- FOR THE TOMATOES:.
- Just as you are placing the meatloaf in the oven, wash tomatoes, and slice in half horizontally.
- Remove the pips and juices with your fingers.
- Sprinkle the tomato cavities with salt, then turn them upside down on a paper towel (this will help remove extra juices which would tend to make them mushy when baking).
- After fifteen minutes, place the tomato halves right side up on a non-stick baking sheet.
- Place the garlic slivers in the tomato cavities (at least two per cavity) and drizzle with olive oil (to taste, but I recommend about 1/2 tsp per tomato).
- At the time that you glaze the meatloaf with the honey, place the tomatoes in the oven (thus, bake for 20-25 minutes).