Parmesan-Infused Meatloaf

 

Ingredients:

For the Meatloaf:

1 1/2 pounds ground beef (85% lean)

1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese

1/2 cup breadcrumbs

1/4 cup milk

1/4 cup finely chopped onion

2 cloves garlic, minced

1/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped

1 teaspoon dried oregano

1 teaspoon dried basil

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon black pepper

1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes (optional)

2 large eggs

For the Glaze:

1/2 cup ketchup

2 tablespoons brown sugar

1 tablespoon Dijon mustard

Instructions:

Preheat and Prepare: Set your oven to 350°F (175°C) and grease a 9×5-inch loaf pan.

Bread and Milk Mixture: Combine breadcrumbs and milk in a small bowl, allowing them to soak until soft.

Combine Ingredients: In a large bowl, mix ground beef, Parmesan cheese, breadcrumb mixture, onion, garlic, parsley, oregano, basil, salt, black pepper, and red pepper flakes.

Add Eggs: Thoroughly incorporate the eggs into the mixture.

Shape the Loaf: Place the meat mixture in the prepared pan, shaping it into a loaf.

Prepare Glaze: In a small bowl, combine ketchup, brown sugar, and Dijon mustard to create the glaze.

Apply Glaze: Evenly spread the glaze over the meatloaf.

Bake: Cook in the preheated oven for about 1 hour or until the internal temperature reaches 160°F (71°C).

Rest and Serve: Allow the meatloaf to rest before slicing. Serve it hot with your favorite sides.

Indulge in the savory sophistication of this Parmesan-Infused Meatloaf, a dish that elevates the classic meatloaf with its harmonious blend of rich Parmesan, aromatic herbs, and a sweet-tangy glaze. Whether for a casual family meal or a special gathering, it’s guaranteed to delight both family and guests.