Meat loaf might be an all-American classic, but it sure gets a bad rap. To combat the memories of dry or rock-hard meat loaves, we added grated Parmesan, bread crumbs, and tomato paste to the mix. If you normally reach for leaner ground beef, take this as an opportunity to buy cheaper meat with a higher fat content; this will guard against a finished product that’s dry and brittle. If your family needs a little convincing, remind them that a meat loaf is little more than an oversized meatball or beef burger. They’ll absolutely change their minds, if they give this dish a try.
How to Make It
Combine 1½ pounds ground beef, 1 large egg, 1 grated onion, ½ cup chopped flat-leaf parsley, ½ cup bread crumbs, ½ cup grated Parmesan, and ¼ cup tomato paste; season with salt and pepper.
On a foil-lined baking sheet, form the mixture into an 8-inch loaf. Bake at 400° F until cooked through, 40 to 50 minutes.