Mediterranean Meatloaf

Mediterranean Meatloaf

Meatloaf is a perennial dinner favorite all over the world. The readers of Good Housekeeping chose meatloaf as their 7th favorite dish in 2007. And no wonder, because this affordable dish offers a myriad of variation options. This particular version is inspired by the Mediterranean countries, where basil, oregano, thyme and sun-dried tomatoes are widely used. The meatloaf has its roots in Europe – it was mentioned for the first time in the Roman cookery collection ‘Apicius’ already in the 5th century. Needless to say, with this recipe you can also prepare mouthwatering meatballs.


1 onion, sliced

3-5 garlic cloves, minced

200 gr/7 oz mushrooms, sliced

a handful of sun-dried tomatoes, sliced

oil for frying

500 gr/1 pound minced meat

120 gr/4 2/3 oz melting cheese, like mozzarella

3/4 dl/1/3 cup bread crumbs

1 dl/0.4 cup milk

1 egg

1 tsp dry basil

1 tsp dry thyme

1 tsp dry oregano

salt and pepper to taste

3-4 tomatoes, cut in half

fresh basil, shredded

Mediterranean Meatloaf


Saute the onion and garlic lightly in a pan. Add the sliced mushrooms and continue frying. Add the sun-dried tomato slices into the mix. Remove the pan from the heat once the onion and garlic are golden, and the mushrooms and the sun-dried tomatoes have softened, but are still firm.

In a separate bowl, mix the bread crumbs, milk and the egg. Let the mixture swell for a couple of minutes. Add the dry herbs, and salt and pepper into the mix.

Combine the minced meat with the bread crumbs mix, the melting cheese and the already fried ingredients. Mix very well and put the mixture into a baking dish. Bake the meatloaf in the oven, preheated to 225C/425F, for 30 minutes. Garnish the baked meatloaf with tomato slices and fresh basil. Serve with either rice or potatoes.


8 thoughts on “Mediterranean Meatloaf

  1. This does look very good. Of course, the real test, for me, will come at lunchtime of Day 2. A truly great meatloaf makes an unbelievable sandwich the following day. I’ve a feeling this one, with it’s sun-dried tomatoes, will do just fine.

  2. This looks delicious! I’m gonna share this with my friends on Pinterest. I’m wondering – would you mind putting on the Pinterest icon, so we can easily share your recipes on Pinterest? Thanks!!

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