This Pizza Meatloaf with Pepperoni and Peppers adds a new twist to an old favorite.
I have learned one thing while blogging. There are very few recipes that are new under the sun. Somebody, somewhere has invited it, made it and may even had won an award for it. :-) I don't know all the recipes out there and this pizza meatloaf is new to us. I would like to think the idea is completely original, but I would bet if I would Google it, it would pop up somewhere. Oh well, I just won't search for it and pretend I had a moment of genius.
I was trying to come up with something new, as I am in a small cooking rut. We have favorite recipes and sometimes don't move away from them. I had gotten hamburger on sale (of course) and meatloaf sounded good. Pizza also sounded good. Well, why not pizza meatloaf! Pure genius, I tell you. Hmm...move over BBQ meatballs, maybe Pizza Meatballs are next!
It has all the favorite ingredients of pizza, yet no crust. I would guess it could be gluten free if you use gluten free bread crumbs or crackers. I also think this pizza meatloaf would be so versatile as you can add only veggies or only meat. I wonder how sardines would taste. I kid, I kid. ;-)
The key to making a good meatloaf is the flavor and how it binds together. The last thing you would want is to have it fall apart when you are trying cut or eat this great culinary dish. It is so important to add eggs as a binder. I also add bread crumbs, or in this case Italian bread crumbs to keep with the pizza theme. I typically add tomato sauce to my meatloaf. You guessed it, pizza sauce in it's place. See how nicely this pizza meatloaf came together? Of course, the finishing touch would be the mozzarella cheese. Lots of mozzarella cheese. :-)
Pizza Meatloaf With Pepperoni and Peppers
- 1.5 lbs ground beef
- 1/2 cup pizza sauce
- 1/2 cup bread crumbs
- 2 eggs
- 1/4 cup pepperoni , chopped
- 1/4 cup red peppers , chopped
- 1 cup mozzarella cheese
- Add all ingredients (except cheese) to a medium bowl.
- Stir well, making sure all ingredients are incorporated.
- Put meat mixture on greased baking sheet and form into a loaf shape.
- Bake for 40-45 minutes at 375*.
- Pull out of oven and sprinkle cheese on top.
- Put back into oven until cheese is melted.
- *Make sure meatloaf is fully cooked before eating.