Wednesday, January 06, 2010

Sicilian Meatloaf

Sicilian Meatloaf
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Prep time: 10 minutes
Roasting time: 1 hour
Serves 6

1lb/450g medium ground beef
½ onion, finely chopped
2 large cloves garlic, finely chopped
1 cup fresh breadcrumbs (Note: I used oatmeal – great substitute for The South Beach Dieters)
¼ cup Italian/flat leaf parsley, chopped
1 tbsp fresh basil, chopped or 1 tsp dried
1 tbsp fresh oregano, chopped or 1 tsp dried
1 ½ tsp kosher or sea salt
½ tsp freshly ground black pepper
2 tbsp tomato paste
¼ cup water
1 egg, lightly beaten
3 slices provolone cheese
3 slices capicollo or prosciutto
Chunky tomato sauce
Grated Parmesan cheese

1. Preheat oven to 350ºF/180°C.

2. In a large bowl, combine beef, onion, garlic, breadcrumbs (or oatmeal), parsley, basil, oregano, salt and pepper. Mix tomato paste in ¼ cup of water and add to meat mixture along with the beaten egg.

3. On a large sheet of parchment paper, spread the meat mixture into a rectangle about 15”x10” (38cm x 25cm), with the longer side toward you. Arrange the provolone and capicolla/prosciutto down the middle.

4. Using the parchment to guide you and keep the roll nice and tight, roll the meat toward you around the filling. Keep moving the parchment so that it doesn’t actually become part of the roll. Once the meat is completely rolled, bring the parchment up and around the meat roll and twist the ends. Place the parchment wrapped meat roll on a large piece of foil and securely wrap around the parchment wrapped loaf. Place in a roasting pan or rimmed baking sheet.

5. Roast in the preheated oven for 1 hour or until an instant read thermometer inserted into the center reads 160ºF/71°C. Let it stand for 10 minutes before unwrapping and slicing. Top with chunky tomato sauce ( I like mine spicy – after all, it is Sicilian) and a sprinkling of Parmesan cheese.

I love to serve this either of these two South Beach Diet friendly sides: Sweet Potato Ginger Mash or Cauli-fried “rice”.

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