Thursday, January 24, 2008

Pizza Meatloaf

This isn't your normal "meatloaf," people. We've jazzed it up a bit and it's literally "heaven on a plate." Well...maybe not, but it sure seems like it comes close. For those of you out there that really don't like meatloaf, I challenge you to give this one a try. It seriously tastes like pizza...not at all like meatloaf.

I've made this recipe before for my parents, but hadn't ever made it for Chris. He LOVED it.

It's definite comfort food. Pair it with a side of mixed vegetables and you're good to go!

And when you're cooking it, don't let the "pinkness" of the meat scare you...that's just the pizza sauce. You're not eating undercooked meat if you follow the directions. I promise.

Pizza Meatloaf

2 lbs. ground beef (we used ground turkey)
2 eggs, lightly beaten
1 can (8 oz.) pizza sauce divided
1 cup saltine crumbs
1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
1/2 cup mozzarella cheese divided
1/2 cup chopped onion
1/4 cup chopped green pepper
1 tsp. seasoned salt
1 tsp. dried oregano
1/4 tsp. pepper
addional pizza sauce warmed, optional

In a bowl, combine beef, eggs, 3/4 cup pizza sauce, crumbs, parmesan cheese, 1/2 cup mozzarella cheese, onion, green pepper, salt, oregano, and pepper; mix well. Pat into a greased 8-inch square baking dish. Bake at 350 for 50 minutes. Drain. Spread the remaining pizza sauce over loaf; bake 10 minutes more. Sprinkle with remaining mozzarella; return to the oven 3 or 4 minutes or until cheese melts. Serve with additional pizza sauce if desired. Yield: 8-10 servings.