Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Chicken Parmesan Meatloaf


Super yum! I like meatloaf anyway, but this one was lighter and leaner, which I loved. It calls for ground chicken or turkey. I used ground turkey and it was delcious. I served this to my husband and his cousin and they both really enjoyed it. It was a really fun take on meatloaf! I will definitely be making this on a regular basis. It is very easy too. I served it with mashed potatoes and green beans. I didn't change anything about the recipe. It was even better the next day when all of the flavors had time to blend together wonderfully. I think it's an excellent form of meatloaf for this time of year- especially if you use turkey! :)


Ingredients
1 lb ground chicken (ground turkey can be substituted)

1 egg

1/4 breadcrumbs

1/2 teaspoon dried basil

1/2 teaspoon dried thyme

1/2 teaspoon dried oregano

1-2 cloves garlic, finely minced

1 small onion, grated

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper

1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese

1/2 cup pasta sauce (homemade or store bought)

1/2 cup shredded Italian cheese blend

minced parsley for garnish


Directions
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease a loaf pan with cooking spray, set aside.

In a large bowl, combine the ground chicken, egg, breadcrumbs, thyme, oregano, basil, garlic, onion, salt, pepper and Parmesan cheese. To not over handle the mixture otherwise it will get tough. Place the mixture in the greased loaf pan and form into a loaf. Top the meatloaf with pasta sauce.

Place filled loaf pan on a baking sheet and bake in the preheated oven for 40-45 minutes. Remove the meatloaf from the oven and sprinkle the top with the remaining shredded cheese. Place the meatloaf back in the oven and bake until the cheese is melted.

Remove the meatloaf from the oven and allow to rest for 5-10 minutes before serving/slicing. Garnish with parsley if desired.

Gluten free: GF bread crumbs.

Original recipe from joelens.blogspot.com

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