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Not Your Momma’s Meatloaf

When I was growing up, for some reason I hated meatloaf.  Every time my mom cooked meatloaf, she had to cook something different for me…sorry to be difficult mom!  I finally overcame my fear of meatloaf and now I love adding a spin to the traditional recipe.  Hence, my recipe today…not your momma’s meatloaf as I call it.  Below is the recipe and pictures!

1 1/2 pounds ground beef, ground turkey, or ground chicken

1/2 cup dried breadcrumbs

1 egg, beaten

6 TBSP pesto

Italian Spiced Tomato Sauce

Spinach, Muenster Cheese, Pesto, Tomato Slices, Black Olives for garnish

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

Combine ground meat, breadcrumbs, beaten egg, and pesto

Spray a loaf or bread pan with cooking spray

Coat bottom of pan with tomato sauce (prevents the meatloaf from sticking to pan)

Press 1/2 of ground meat mixture in prepared pan

Layer spinach leaves, cheese, pesto, tomato slices, and black olives

Meatloaf Layers

Building the Meatloaf Layers

Finalized Meatloaf Layers

Shape remaining ground meat mixture over the “stuffing”

Bake in oven for 45-50 minutes (for chicken) or 60-65 minutes (for beef)

Garnish with tomato sauce, tomatoes, and olives

Bake for an additional 5-10 minutes

Take out of oven and allow meatloaf to rest for 10 minutes before slicing

Finished Meatloaf

Meatloaf Slice

If you serve this meatloaf, there is no way it will disappoint anyone!  Do you have a great recipe for a non-traditional meatloaf?  Leave it in the comments below!

Stay hungry…

6 Comments

  1. carol pickett says

    lenny
    i made this just now to cook later on for dinner…have a question though…you called for 6 T of pesto
    it said to mix the meat, crumbs, egg and pesto
    (( how much pesto ? )) 6 T or 3 ??
    because later on it says to put pesto with the cheese slices & tomatoes …
    thanks
    pickett

    • newsforchews says

      Thanks! I’ll change that. 6 TBSP in the mixture and then have some reserve pesto (about 1-2 TBSP) just to add to the layers. So, a total of about 7-8 TBSP. Let me know how it turns out! 🙂

  2. carol pickett says

    OMG it is to dieeeeeeeeeeeeeee for 🙂
    and i only put 3 T into the meat and then 3 T on top of the other stuff……..but it worked ….
    i added lots of cracked pepper b/c we are addicted to that !!
    i guess the calories i saved in getting turkey instead of meat —-were cancelled out with my favorite cheese hahahah
    YUMMMMMMMMMMMM dinner —i served with tiny new pots sauteed in olive oil and crked pepper and sea salt

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