Italian Meatloaf Parmigiana

Wednesday, July 13, 2011 Italian Meatloaf Parmigiana Print Article first published as Italian Meatloaf Parmigiana on Blogcritics. Spaghetti and meatballs. A pretty common dinner in most households, right? Well, it certainly is at our house. Often times, I try to find ways to serve up similar flavors and textures in different ways to make dinner more interesting. When I make spaghetti and meatballs, I tend to play around with meatball recipes. This time around, I wanted to step out of the meatball box and try something else for a change. That's when this Italian Meatloaf Parmigiana came about. Make an Italian meatloaf recipe served 'Parmigiana' style - it's a flavorful spin on traditional spaghetti and meatballs! Parmigiana usually involves pan-frying a meat (or even a vegetable such as eggplant), topping it with tomato sauce and melted cheese. There's the ever popular veal, chicken and eggplant parmigiana versions. Since I had lean ground beef on hand, why not have a beef/Italian sausage version to add to the list? Combining lean ground beef and bulk Italian sausage, then forming the mixture into mini meatloaf patties was a tasty way to accomplish this. Of course, you could form meatballs, but I encourage you to switch it up!