- Difficulty: Easy
- Prep time: 15 min
- Cook time: 40 min
- Serving: 6 people
- Cost: Low
Sometimes a little goes a long way in transforming a simple dish, like meatloaf! This is how all versions of this delicious dish are created, including with chicken, eggplants, filled with scamorza cheese or spinach. In the kitchen each chef has their own secret to creating something unique, but the one we present you with today is not so much a secret as an invaluable hack that will amaze everyone! Meatloaf wrapped in pancetta bacon will be a truly appetizing second course, filled with ham, cheese and lots of spinach: everyone will love it! Bring it to the table still whole and only slice before serving, still piping hot: thanks to the melted cheese and crispy bacon, your guests will enjoy a truly mouth-watering experience and will look forward to their first bite!?
- Pork 2 lbs (1 kg) - minced
- Bacon 8 oz (240 g) - in slices
- Eggs 1
- Parmigiano Reggiano DOP cheese 1 oz (50 g) - for grating
- Fine salt to taste
- Black pepper to taste
How to prepare Stuffed meatloaf
To prepare stuffed meatloaf, start by making the mixture. Place the minced meat in a bowl, add the egg 1 and the Parmigiano 2, the salt and pepper. Mix by hand 3 to obtain a uniform mixture.
Now take some parchment paper and arrange the bacon slices into 2 rows on it, slightly overlapping (4-5). Remove the mixture from the bowl and spread it over the bacon layer 6
and press down until around 0.5" (1.5 cm) thick. Leave free the edge of the shorter sides 7. Now tidily arrange the ham 8 and Edam cheese slices 9
and spread the spinach over it too 10. Use the parchment paper to roll the meat up 11 and make sure the pancetta bacon does not peel away from the parchment paper 12.
Now that you have shaped it into a large sausage 13, finish preparing the stuffed polpettone by rolling it up using the parchment paper, making sure that it is fully wrapped in the slices of bacon (14-15).
Place the stuffed polpettone on a baking tray with parchment paper 16; bake in a static oven preheated to 392°F (200°C) for around 40 minutes on the middle shelf. Remove from the oven 17, leave to cool slightly and serve your stuffed polpettone in slices 18!
Once cooked, stuffed polpettone can be stored in the refrigerator for around 3 days. Alternatively it can be frozen, once cooked.
Instead of ham, you could opt for mortadella slices!
If you don't have any Edam cheese, you could use a different cheese or mozzarella!