Lidia's Italy - Italian American Meatloaf ~ Polpettone

 Serves: 10 or more 


2 cups cubes of country bread with crust
1 cup milk
2 medium carrots, cut into chunks
1 medium onion, cut into chunks
2 medium stalks celery, cut into chunks
1½ pounds ground beef
1½ pounds ground pork
1 bunch scallions, trimmed and chopped
1 cup grated Grana Padano or Parmigiano-Reggiano
1 cup marinara sauce or pureed canned tomatoes, (see online recipe)
½ cup chopped fresh Italian parsley
2 teaspoons kosher salt
1 teaspoon dried oregano
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil


Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. 

Put the bread cubes in a medium bowl, and pour the milk over them. Let the bread soak until it is soft. Meanwhile, combine the carrots, celery, and onion in a food processor, and pulse to make a fine- textured paste or pestata. 

When the bread is soft, squeeze out the excess milk and put the bread in a large mixing bowl. Mix the pestata, ground meats, scallions, grated cheese, marinara sauce, parsley, salt, and oregano with the bread, using your hands to distribute all of the ingredients evenly. Oil a 10- by- 15- inch Pyrex or ceramic baking dish with the olive oil. Form the meat mixture into a loaf in the oiled pan. 

Place in the oven, and bake until browned and cooked through (the center of the meatloaf should read 165 degrees F on an instant- read thermometer), about 1 hour and 15 minutes. Let cool for 10 minutes before slicing


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