Hearty Italian Meatloaf with Hidden Hard-Boiled Eggs











Embrace the Mediterranean flair with this sumptuous Italian Meatloaf, enrobing savory hard-boiled eggs. Perfect for an indulgent weekend dinner or a show-stopping potluck contribution, this dish marries protein-packed goodness and rich flavors, all while being dairy-free. Dive into a world of taste with this 779-calorie delight that's sure to impress.


Step 1: Preheat the Oven

Begin by setting your oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit. This crucial first step ensures that the oven reaches the perfect temperature for creating the golden exterior of our meatloaf.
Pro Tip: Use an oven thermometer for accurate temperature.

Step 2: Sauté the Vegetables

Heat a blend of butter and olive oil in a saucepan. Add the finely chopped onions, minced garlic, celery, and carrots along with the mixed herbs. Cook until they're just turning golden—this not only mellows their bite but also infuses the oil with a mélange of flavors that will permeate the meat.
Pro Tip: Keep the heat medium to prevent burning the garlic.

Step 3: Deglaze with Wine

Pour in the Marsala or Vin Santo, bringing to a boil for about 2 minutes. This process not only cooks off the alcohol but leaves behind a richly flavored base that will add an unexpected depth to the meatloaf.
Pro Tip: If using broth, reduce slightly longer to concentrate flavors.

Step 4: Mix the Meat

In a large bowl, combine the ground meats seasoning generously with salt and pepper. Incorporate the vegetable mixture, squeezed bread, and raw eggs. Getting your hands in there to mix ensures even distribution of flavors and textures, creating the perfect foundation for our meatloaf.
Pro Tip: Wearing food-safe gloves makes cleanup easier.

Step 5: Assemble the Meatloaf

Line a loaf pan with foil and brush with oil for easy removal. Layer half the meat mixture, arrange the hard-boiled eggs in a line center, then cover with the remaining mixture. Press firmly to ensure a compact loaf that holds together well during and after cooking.
Pro Tip: Layering the eggs in the center ensures each slice has a beautiful cross-section.

Step 6: Bake to Perfection

Bake on the bottom shelf of the preheated oven for about 50 minutes. When the top is lightly browned and the aromas fill your kitchen, it's ready! Turned onto a serving dish, it presents beautifully both hot and cold, making it a versatile dish for any occasion.
Pro Tip: Let it rest for 10 minutes before slicing for clean cuts.