02 Aug 2018
gf recipes - italian meatloaf

Summertime is filled with lots of fun things to do but requires some planning. Do you have a long weekend planned to visit family or friends? Have you been wanting to just relax by a cozy campfire, listening to the crackling, popping and sizzling noises? Or how about that trip to the beach to build sandcastles, the kids have been bugging you about? Maybe you just want to take a nice ride through the mountains, to appreciate the majestic views. The one thing in common is, we all need to eat, right? We want to spend more time enjoying the summer rather than cooking.

Here is a great summertime meal that can be turned into sandwiches, so many different ways. Bake this meatloaf and take it along with your favorite variety of Three Bakers Bread.

GF Recipes – Italian Meatloaf Sandwiches

ITALIAN MEATLOAF

Meatloaf Ingredients:

  • 6 slices Three Bakers 7 Ancient Grain Bread
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 2 eggs, large
  • 1/4 cup ricotta cheese
  • 1/2 cup sweet onions, chopped fine
  • 1/2 cup red bell pepper, chopped fine
  • 1/3 cup grated cheese (I use Pecorino Romano)
  • 1/2 cup each fresh parsley and basil, chopped fine
  • 2 large garlic cloves, minced
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 2 lbs ground beef, or other ground meat

Additional Topping Ideas:

  • BBQ Sauce
  • Cooked Egg
  • Avocado
  • Mozzarella Cheese
  • Arugula
  • Sautéed Onions and Mushrooms
  • Raw Red Onion

Directions:

1. In large bowl add bread (broken up into small pieces. Add milk and mix together. Let sit for 15 mins for bread to absorb milk.
2. Add remaining ingredients, except meat. Fold together until all ingredients are well blended.
3. Add meat. Fold until well blended.
4. Add greased baking dish. (13 x 9 inch). Bake in preheated 350-degree oven for approx. 45 mins, or until done.

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I was raised in and around an Italian family. All my life I cooked and everyone around me cooked. It was my life and still is.  In 2013 I had to go gluten-free for health reasons. I was devastated to learn that I can no longer enjoy bread and pasta, that I was so used to eating every day. Can you imagine an Italian girl not eating bread or pasta? During the last few years, I have experimented with all kinds of different products. Searching for a good tasting bread has been a struggle because there was not much available. I was super excited to find Three Bakers Rye Style bread while visiting CT, my home State. I was even more excited to learn it is available locally here in FL. It is absolutely amazing!