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Comfort Food..Vegetarian Style

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One of my favorite comfort foods is meatloaf. It is a traditional American dish that tends to be bland.  But I grew up in an Italian household where nothing was ever bland. Things were always flavored with fresh herbs or parmigiano reggiano cheese. So my take on this comfort food will definitely wake up your taste buds and if you are a vegetarian or would like to try a  meatless dish this is a great way to try it…so flavorful you will not even realize you are eating a vegetarian version..let me know what you think..and enter your videos in the Cooking with Maria contest and win a professional chef board..

Polpettone  (Italian Style Meatloaf)


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1 cup vegetarian Harmony Valley hamburger mix prepared according to package directions

¼ cup parmigiano reggiano cheese grated

*2 eggs

*1/4 cup plain bread crumbs

2 tsps Tuscan picnic spice blend

1/8 cup crumbled feta cheese

1/8 cup asiago cheese shredded or grated

2 hard boiled eggs

Once harmony Valley Hamburger is ready and moistened, place in bowl. Beat eggs with fork in a separate small dish and add to meat. Add in all other ingredients

Place 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil in roasting pan. Place half of meat in pan place 2 peeled hard boiled eggs on top of meat mixture top with remainder of meat mixture. Arrange sliced potatoes around meatloaf and drizzle olive oil on top of potatoes and meat. Sprinkle Tuscan Picnic spice blend on top of potatoes.

Bake in preheated oven at 375 degrees F for approximately  45 minutes or until meatloaf and potatoes are a golden brown. Let meatloaf cool to warm  before slicing. Serve with ketchup and garnish with fresh parsley slices.

OPTIONAL: last 3-5 minutes of cooking top meatloaf and potatoes with some grated parmigiano reggiano cheese and place under broiler for 3 minutes until crunchy and crispy top forms on meatloaf and potatoes will be crispy golden brown.


**See you this Saturday at Gourmet Food and Wine Show at Ballys’ Casino in Atlantic City NJ. I will be taking center stage at 2 PM on Saturday, July 28th to do a demo and book signing from The Basic Art of Italian Cooking: Holidays & Special Occasions-2nd edition..see you then.For more info email:

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