Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Microwave Meat Loaf

So I know what you're thinking: "Microwave meat loaf?!" To you I say, "Yes, meat loaf can be good in the microwave." I don't know why this works, but it's super tasty!

  • 1 pound 90% lean ground beef
  • 1/4 pound Italian sausage, casings removed
  • 1/2 cup dry bread crumbs
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons pasta sauce, divided
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
In a large bowl, combine beef, sausage, bread crumbs, cheese, eggs, 1/2 cup pasta sauce, 1 tablespoon lemon juice, allspice, and pepper. Gently mix together (your hands are good tools for this - you don't want to be too rough). Work into a loaf shape and pat into an ungreased microwave-safe loaf pan (you can also use a glass casserole dish or similar vessel). Microwave on high for 8 minutes, covered with a double layer of paper towels. Pat/Drain off any grease. Mix remaining 2 tablespoons pasta sauce and 1 tablespoon lemon juice. Spread sauce mixture over the top of the meat loaf. Microwave, uncovered, on high for an additional 3-5 minutes, until the meat loaf reaches 160 degrees in the center. Rest for 5 minutes before serving.

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