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Italian Meatloaf (Polpettone) Recipes

In Italy, meatloaf is called polpettone, basically one big stuffed meatball.  The history of meatloaf can be traced back to the 5th century, Rome. One of the earliest meatloaf recipes is found in the famous Roman cook book, Apicius.  A meatloaf is made primarily of ground meat mixed with binders  such as eggs, bread crumbs, or crushed crackers, which is then shaped into a loaf and baked in the oven.  Some recipes use a single type of ground meat, commonly ground beef, while others call for a blend of ground beef, ground pork, veal, or turkey.  Some supermarkets offer a combination of ground meats called meatloaf mix in their fresh meat department.  A meatloaf may also include chopped vegetables, cheese, and nuts.  The loaf shape may be formed by placing the meat into a loaf pan or forming it by hand on a baking sheet.  Meatloaf should be baked to an internal temperature of 155 - 160 degrees F, which usually takes between an hour and an hour and 20 minutes of baking time. Cut the meatloaf into thick slices fer serving.
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Meatloaf with Mushroom Gravy
Meatloaf with Mushroom Gravy
This meatloaf contains the classic Italian soffritto, onions, carrots, celery, and garlic and it's topped with a simple but delicious mushroom and onion gravy.
Florentine Meatloaf
Florentine Meatloaf
This meatloaf is flavored with spinach, onions, and garlic and a wonderful combination of Parmesan and mozzarella cheese.  It is moist and packed with flavor.

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Italian Turkey Meatloaf
Italian Turkey Meatloaf
This meatloaf is packed with classic Italian flavors -  garlic, onion, basil, marinara  sauce, and mozzarella cheese.

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Sicilian  Meatloaf with Ricotta and Pistachios
Sicilian Meatloaf with Ricotta and Pistachios
This Sicilian meatloaf that combines ground pork and beef with ricotta and pecorino cheese is studded with pistachios and wrapped with prosciutto.

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Gatto - Neapolitan Potato Cake
Neapolitan Potato Cake pictured here
ENTERTAINING TIP
If you don't have a set of plain white dishes, put this at the top of your must-have entertaining essentials.  White dishes look sensational on the table by themselves or you can completely change their appearance on the table by pairing them with different accent plates, linens, and accessories.  In the summer, create a bright tabletop by combing your white dishes with blue and white salad plates and apple green table linens.  In the fall, pair your white dishes with russet napkins and an autumn centerpiece. In winter, make them more elegant with silver and gold accessories, or make them more whimsical by adding holiday stemware and napkins.  With white dishes and varied accessories, your table will never look the same for any occasion.