A Mini Meatloaf Recipe for the Man-Boy In Your Life

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You remember Chaz from Wedding Crashers? If the image of Will Ferrell strutting it in his bathrobe doesn’t come to mind perhaps his signature line will.

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My husband loves that movie and what he loves even more is this recipe I have for goat-cheese and prosciutto stuffed meatloaf. The meatloaves are individually sized so you can increase or reduce this recipe based on how many people you’re cooking for. This dish is super easy, and take it for me as I have never cooked a “full” meatloaf in my life – crazy I know (how do I refer to myself as a homemaker and never cooked a traditional meatloaf. But somehow I carry on.)

 

So for the hungry, hungry man in your life OR if you really want to impress people with a different dish, here are the ingredients you’ll need.

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Ingredients for Meatloaf Mixture:

1 1/2 cups of spinach (about 2 handfuls)

1 tbsp of garlic (minced)

1 tbsp of olive oil

1 lb of ground turkey

2/3 cup of marinara sauce (heat up the remainder of sauce on stove top for the finished meatloaf)

1 cup of bread crumbs

1 egg

1/2 – 1 tbsp of Italian seasoning

1/2 – 1 tbsp of oregano

1/2 tbsp of garlic powder

1 tbsp of onion flakes

1 tsp of basil

1/4 tsp of ground pepper

Ingredients for Stuffing:

1 cup of ricotta cheese

4  oz. of goat cheese

1/8 tsp of ground pepper

1/2 tbsp of basil

1/2 tbsp of parsley

pinch of salt

3-4 slices of mozzarella

3 – 4 slices of prosciutto

Directions:

1. Heat up pan with olive oil and saute minced garlic in pan for a couple minutes. Place fresh spinach in pan and wilt down the greens (takes usually about 5 minutes). In the meantime, pre-heat oven to 400 degrees.

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2. Chop up spinach and place in large mixing bowl.

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3. Combine additional ingredients for meatloaf mixture – ground turkey, bread crumbs, egg, marinara sauce, Italian seasoning, oregano, garlic powder, onion flakes, basil and ground pepper. Kneed mixture together with hands and shape into 3-4 “mini” meatloaves. 

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4. In separate mixing bowl, place ricotta and goat cheese in together and breakdown to mix with a fork. This will help smooth out and mix the cheeses together. Then add in ground pepper, basil, parsley and salt.

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5. Take your slices of mozzarella, spread cheese mixture over entire slice of mozzarella and then roll up.

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6. Spread out a single slice of prosciutto, and then roll the prosciutto over the “cheese roll”.

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7. While holding individual meatloaf dig out in the middle an area for the prosciutto/cheese roll to sit in. Then place prosciutto/cheese roll in center and fold over sides of meatloaf to close up the loaf. Once all “mini” loaves are complete place in a 9×13 pan.

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8. Place in oven which should now be at 400 degrees. Bake for approximately 35 – 40 minutes. I usually bake for 40 to get a crispier crust. Then I drizzle some of the leftover marinara sauce over the meatloaf.

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Bon Appetit! Or as I say in my house, “Nom! Nom! Nom!”

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