Sicilian Meatloaf

I love meatloaf. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. I. Love. Meatloaf.
This was supposed to be a rolled up, super pretty meatloaf. If you go to Trisha’s meatloaf on Once A Month Mom, you will see a gorgeous rolled up meatloaf that will knock your socks off.

I didn’t roll mine. I like to simplify.  A lot. I wasn’t even creative enough to cook this in a meatloaf pan!  I cooked it in an 8 x 8 pan and layered the meat, then the ham & cheese, then more meat.  I think it had the same effect. Just not as pretty. Not to mention, I was preparing this in front of a camera so simplifying was certainly in order!!
I like to cook in 8 x 8 pans as things just tend to cook better, for me.  This might not be true of everyone else but it is for me.  Breads, cakes, meatloaves.  I love them in these size pans.  I think I have 4 of them. 

I loved the flavor of this meatloaf.  I am a dipper. I love to dip in ketchup or BBQ sauce usually.  This really didn’t need anything. If anything, I think that just a tad of pizza sauce over the top would have been fantastic! 

This recipe makes 2 pans of meatloaf. I still have one in the freezer.  I think I’ll try the pizza sauce on it!  Though it was fantastic without it!
We ate this with some awesome Zucchini Fritters.  Talk about delicious!  Crispy, crunchy, tasty, healthy and low calorie. All wrapped up in one meal.
This is linked with Tasty Tuesday at Balancing Beauty and Bedlam.  Also with Works for me Wednesday with We are THAT Family. Also linked with Foodie Friday over at Designs by Gollum.  
This meatloaf was prepared as part of my ground turkey freezer cooking day!  Check it out here!
Sicilian Meatloaf Recipe
**Adapted from Once A Month Mom

3 pounds ground turkey
3 eggs, beaten
1 cup bread crumbs (I used panko)
3/4 cup tomato juice (I used V8)
3 tablespoon fresh parsley
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
10 slices ham, 1 ounce sandwich slices
8 ounce mozzarella cheese, shredded
  • Mix together ground turkey with the next 7 ingredients. Blend thoroughly. 
  • Spray 2 loaf pans or 2 – 8 x 8 pans with cooking spray. 
  • Divide 1/2 the mixture between the 2 pans. 
  • Put 5 slices of ham on the bottom layer. They will overlap, that’s okay. 
  • Sprinkle 4 ounces of cheese on each ham layer. Top with remaining half of meat mixture. (If you are only baking one, cover one with aluminum foil, label and freeze. Thaw before cooking.)
  • Bake at 350 degrees for about 1 hour 20 minutes. 6 servings per meatloaf.
**I put this together differently than the original recipe, check hers out to see another awesome way.

Total calories = 3581 calories (both loaves)
12 servings (6 per loaf) = 298 calories per serving

Sicilian Meatloaf + 4 Zucchini Fritters = 558 calorie dinner

Check out my Zucchini Fritters recipe over at Debbi Does Dinner Healthy!
Martha (MM)

My guys are big on meatloaf too, I’ll have to try this for them – of course they will want it with ground beef. If I make it that way I’ll have to post it as Heart Attack Loaf, LOL

The fritters are more my style. My friend Ricepatty just made some like this and brought them to work for our lunch a few days ago – YUMMY!