Rustic Italian Torta

By • March 7, 2010 • 2 Comments


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Author Notes: Well, I'm not a much of a meatloaf lover. I tried for a long time, but after being disappointed over and over again, I never choose to eat meatloaf if I have another choice. This dish, however, while in every way IS a loaf of meat, doesn't remind me in anyway of that other thing. My thought is if you combine great complimentary ingredients you like together in other recipes, you'll probably be happy with your creation. I use this combination for hamburgers, and for cannelloni filling. It's wonderful, through and through. So, to have a 'meatloaf' in my repertoire, I put this together. I line the pan with bread to catch and absorb all those wonderful juices--oh so good on the hamburger, and equally good here! That's my story and I'm sticking to it! (I must add this: after reading all these wonderful 'meatloaf' recipes, I've definitely changed my attitude and I can't wait to try them!)Annelle

Serves 10

  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • Several half inch slices of rustic Italian bread
  • 1 medium sweet onion, chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 cup Pinot Grigio
  • 1 cup loosely packed Italian Flat Leaf Parsley leaves
  • 1/4 pound hard salami, roughly chopped
  • 1/4 pound prosciutto, roughly chopped
  • 2 pounds ground veal (I buy veal stew meat and grind it in my food processor)
  • 1/2 cup breadcrumbs (from rustic Italian loaf)
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 cup shredded Parmesano Reggiano
  • 1/2 cup sun dried tomato slices in oil
  • 3 cups shredded mozzarella
  • Fresh basil leaves to garnish
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Line the outside of a 10 inch spring form pan with foil. Brush the inside bottom with olive oil, and line the inside bottom with bread slices.
  3. Add remaining olive oil to saute pan over medium heat and cook onions until they are 'blond'. Add garlic and cook another couple of minutes. Then add wine and cook until wine is reduced, about 8 minutes. Remove from heat and cool.
  4. Add parsley, salami and prosciutto to food processor and pulse to chop.
  5. Combine breadcrumbs and milk in small bowl and set aside.
  6. Place ground veal in large bowl. Add ground parsley and meat. Top with onion mixture. Then eggs, breadcrumbs, salt, pepper and finally parmesan cheese. With a fork, gently toss to combine these ingredients. Do not over-mix, or compact!
  7. Add half the meat mixture to the prepared spring form pan. Top with half the mozzarella cheese and half the sun-dried tomatoes. Top with remaining meat mixture. Bake for one hour. Top with remaining mozzarella cheese and sun dried tomatoes. Return to oven for 10 minutes. Remove from oven, tent with foil, and rest for 10 minutes.
  8. Run a knife around the inside of the pan. Remove sides from pan, leaving the bottom sitting on the foil to catch any stray drippings. With an offset spatula and a large bladed knife (or the largest thin spatula-like things you have), slide torta to serving plate, slice, garnish with fresh basil leaves and enjoy! Bon Appetito!

Tags: delicious, hearty, rustic, savory

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Pict0051

about 4 years ago Annelle

Thank you, Monkeymom! It makes a wonderful dinner, and a fantastic sandwich!

Monkeys

about 4 years ago monkeymom

I love the layered look of this when sliced!