ITALIAN MEATLOAF AND A NEW YEARS DINNER MENU

Okay, you are probably wondering....Meatloaf for a New Years Dinner?  In this house we love our meatloaf!  Plus I can't help myself, I love trying out new meatloaf recipes. This came together as a result of having all the fresh herbs in the fridge, plus it also offers variety to everyday meatloaf.   We are not big celebrators when it comes to New Years Eve.  Never have been.  A yummy dinner, maybe dessert, watch a movie on TV and that is it for us.  But the best part is, it is wonderful to have meatloaf sandwiches the next day. Here is our New Years Dinner Menu:
ITALIAN MEATLOAF:
1 lb. ground beef
1 lb. ground pork
2/3 cup finely minced onion
1 large egg
2 handfuls of gluten free bread crumbs
2 big Tblsp. finely minced Flat Leaf Italian Parsley
1 rounded tsp. minced fresh Rosemary
2 tsp. finely minced fresh Sage
salt and pepper
1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
4 Tblsp. Tomato/Balsamic sauce
TOMATO/BALSAMIC SAUCE:
1/2 cup of tomato sauce
1 1/2 Tblsp. Balsamic Vinegar
1 tsp. Gluten Free Soy Sauce
1 tsp. Ground Garlic Powder
Fresh cracked pepper
In a bowl, combine all of the ingredients for the tomato sauce, whisking to combine, then set aside.
In a medium bowl, combine the meat, onion, herbs, Parmesan cheese, egg, bread crumbs, salt and pepper, and the 4 Tblsp. of the Tomato Balsamic sauce.   Mix to incorporate, then transfer to a casserole dish, shaping into a loaf.
Pour the remainder of the Tomato Balsamic sauce over top, spreading evenly.
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees, and bake about 1 hour 15 minutes to 1 1/2 hours, or until cooked through.  Allow to rest for five minutes before slicing.
With this tasty meatloaf, we had Garlic Herb Mashed Yams and Potatoes:
Followed by BALSAMIC ROASTED VEGETABLES:
Then the dinner was followed by a light refreshing salad:  Pomegranate Salad:

And for dessert:  Rhubarb Compote (made with frozen rhubarb at this time of year, but still yummy)
I WISH YOU ALL A HAPPY, HEALTHY ABUNDANT NEW YEAR EVERYONE - MANY BLESSING FOR  2012! 🙂

Ina Gawne
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10 comments on “ITALIAN MEATLOAF AND A NEW YEARS DINNER MENU”

  1. Yum Ina - wish we were there! We have taken ourselves to Wellington - to avoid friends who think we are deeply boring when we go to bed early on New Year's Eve :-). We'll be doing the same as you - dinner, a movie (on TV) and then to sleep.
    I hope you and your family have a fabulous 2012. Happy New Year my sister 🙂
    XXXOOO

  2. What a lovely & fantastic New year's Eve dinner! MMMMM!
    Here, my hubby & I don't celebrate new Year that much either!
    Good food, good company, Champagne & 2 movies on the television!

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December 30, 2011
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