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Alessandra's Meatloaf


For eight people


2 1/2 pounds ground meat (I used a mixture of beef, pork and veal)

4 large slices of sturdy bread, soaked in milk (crusts trimmed)

3 eggs

2 T. chopped parsley

3 T. parmesan cheese

1 lemon (juice of half and peel of the entire lemon)

1/3 pound mortadella, minced or ground (I have a meat grinder but you can chop it finely by hand.)

salt, pepper

1 shot glass of Marsala wine

breadcrumbs to cover the top


Squeeze the milk from the bread, after it's been soaking for a while. Mix the bread with the meat, eggs, parsley, cheese, salt, pepper, lemon and mortadella. Shape into a loaf, and place it into an oiled ovenproof baking dish. Pour a shot glass of marsala over the meatloaf, then cover with bread crumbs. Bake at 350 for one hour to one hour and a half, depending on the size of the pan and thickness of the meatloaf.