Meat Loaf (Or Meatballs)
- 1 tablespoon olive oil, optional
- 1/2 cup bread crumbs
- 1/2 cup milk
- 1 pound ground beef
- 1 pound ground pork
- 1 egg, lightly beaten
- 1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
- 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley leaves
- 1 teaspoon minced garlic
- 1/2 onion, chopped
- 1 teaspoon chopped fresh sage leaves or 1 pinch dried
- Salt and freshly ground black pepper
- 4 slices bacon, optional
- Heat the oven to 350 F.
- Grease a baking sheet or roasting pan with the olive oil.
- Soak the bread crumbs in the milk in a bowl until the milk is absorbed, 5 minutes.
- Add the meats, egg, Parmesan, parsley, garlic, onion, sage, and some salt and pepper and fold everything into the meat.
- Mix just enough to distribute the flavorings without overworking the meat or it will become tough.
- For meat loaf: Turn the meat mixture onto the prepared baking sheet, shaping it into an oval mound.
- Drape the bacon over the top.
- Bake for 45 to 60 minutes, brushing occasionally with the rendered pan juices.
- When done, the meat loaf will be lightly browned and firm.
- To check, insert a quick-read thermometer into the center; it should read 160 F.
- Let the loaf rest for 5 minutes before slicing.