Stuffed meatloaf

  • Preparation Time20 mins
  • Cooking Time70 mins
  • Serves6
  • DifficultyEasy

For the ciabatta stuffing with chestnuts and pancetta

6 tablespoons butter
225g pancetta, cut into 1/4-inch dice
2 large onions, finely chopped
2 carrots, peeled and finely chopped
3 celery stalks, finely chopped
2 tablespoons chopped fresh rosemary leaves
3 garlic cloves, minced
400g roasted peeled whole chestnuts, coarsely broken
2 tbsp chopped fresh Italian parsley leaves
500g day-old ciabatta bread, cut into 3/4-inch cubes
100g Parmesan, grated
250ml (or more) chicken stock
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
2 large eggs, beaten to blend

For the meatloaf

1 small onion, grated
3 garlic cloves, chopped
2 tbsp chopped fresh Italian parsley leaves
2 large eggs
2 tbsp ketchup
3/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
40g dried breadcrumbs
70g freshly grated Parmesan
1 teaspoon salt
225g ground beef
225g ground pork
225g ground veal
120ml jar tomato sauce
40g grated provolone cheese
1) Make the stuffing: preheat oven to 180°C.

2) Butter a 33cm x 23cm x 5cm glass baking dish. Melt two tablespoons of butter in a heavy large skillet over medium heat. Add the pancetta and saute until crisp and golden, about 10 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the pancetta to a large bowl. Melt the remaining butter in the same skillet over medium-high heat. Add the onions, carrots, celery, rosemary, and garlic. Saute until the onions are very tender, about 12 minutes. Gently stir in the chestnuts and parsley. Transfer the onion mixture to the large bowl with the pancetta. Add the bread and Parmesan and toss to coat. Add enough broth to the stuffing mixture to moisten. Season the stuffing, to taste, with salt and pepper. Mix in the eggs.

3) Transfer the stuffing to the prepared dish. Cover with buttered foil, buttered side down, and bake until the stuffing is heated through, about 30 minutes. Uncover and continue baking until the top is crisp and golden, about 15 minutes longer.

4) Make the meatloaf: preheat the oven to 180°C.

5) Whisk the first 7 ingredients in a large bowl to blend. Stir in the parmesan and bread crumbs. Mix in the beef, pork, and veal. Pack half of the meat mixture into a 23cm x 13cm x 8cm loaf pan. Spoon the stuffing over the meat in the pan, leaving a 2cm border around the edges. Top with the remaining meat mixture, enclosing the stuffing completely and pressing firmly. Spoon the marinara sauce over the meatloaf, then sprinkle with the provolone cheese.

6) Bake, uncovered, until the meat loaf is firm to the touch in the center and has pulled away from the sides of the pan, about 45 minutes. Cut crosswise into slices and serve.

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