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Rainy Day Comfort

I was perusing my favorite cookbook of the moment, One Pot of the Day published by Williams-Sonoma, when my eye fell on a recipe for meatloaf.  Normally, I wouldn’t consider making meatloaf in spring, since I view it as one of those cozy meals that’s best served when it’s cold and unpleasant outside.

But despite the fact that it is now May, we just haven’t truly reached spring weather yet here in Chicago.  Meatloaf is the perfect meal for this weather.

This particular meatloaf is a little bit lighter than most, because I adapted the recipe by using a proportion of about 3/4 ground pork to 1/4 ground beef instead of 1 pound ground beef and 1 pound ground veal called for by One Pot of the Day.  The flavor also has been enhanced by lemon zest and fresh herbs.

First I cut up four slices of white bread into small cubes and soaked them in a cup of milk.


While the bread was soaking, I chopped up dill, Italian parsley, and prosciutto.  I grated a  lemon and about a half cup of Parmesan cheese.


Using my hands – okay, I know it is slightly disgusting, but using your hands is the only way to properly mix ground meat – I mixed in the herbs, lemon zest, and prosciutto.


I gently squeezed the milk from the soaking bread and added the bread to the ground meat mixture.  I formed all into a loaf shape and topped it off with sliced red onion and more Parmesan cheese.

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While the meatloaf was cooking I roasted some red potatoes and steamed some green beans. The result was a really tasty meal that hit the spot on a spring day that hadn’t yet sprung.

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In fact, it was so delicious I somehow forgot to take a picture of the final meal.  You’ll have to give it a try to see how good it is. Enjoy!


  • Servings: 4-6
  • Difficulty: easy
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 4 slices of white bread
1 cup milk
1 1/2 pounds ground pork
1/4 pound ground beef
2 eggs, beaten
4 ounces prosciutto, chopped
3/4 cup Parmesan cheese
1/3 cup Italian parsley, chopped
1/3 cup fresh dill, chopped
zest of 1 lemon
sliced red onion

Preheat oven to 375º.  Cut the white bread into small cubes and soak in milk for 10 minutes.  Mix the ground meat with the eggs, prosciutto, cheese, herbs, and lemon zest.  Add salt and pepper.  Squeeze the milk from the bread and add to the mixture.  Form into a loaf shape.  Top with slices of red onion.  Bake at 375º for one hour.