Polpettone Italian Stuffed Meatloaf

Tuesday, June 23, 2020
Italian Stuffed Meatloaf Recipe is not your ordinary meatloaf, it's an Italian Gourmet version.


It's like a giant stuffed meatball and with lots of surprises inside this rolled ground beef.



It's truly a gourmet version of any kind of meatloaf and I have step by step instructions it's really easy to do and such a show stopper to serve!



This is served with a homemade marinara tomato sauce and not ketchup like the American version.



The dish originated from my mom's region in Bari Italy and this is how her family taught her to make it.



There are several versions and just about every Region in Italy does theirs just a little different.



If you love meatloaf this will wow your family and guests for sure in the presentation.



Scroll down to the recipe card to print off the instructions all the way to the bottom of the page.






This is Italian flavored meatloaf stuffed with spinach, boiled eggs with tomato sauce rolled up and baked in the oven. This is a gourmet meatloaf that is worth the time and effort and delicious











Fun To Eat



First of all, you have to like a boiled egg, it's like a fun surprise when you cut into it.


The stuffing is superb, amazing gourmet-style meatloaf that will wow your family and friends. It's easy to make and so impressive.




This is Italian flavored meatloaf stuffed with spinach, boiled eggs with tomato sauce rolled up and baked in the oven. This is a gourmet meatloaf that is worth the time and effort and delicious







Impress Your Family and Friends





The eggs are in the center when you cut it along with ingredients such as spinach or escarole. Many of the time strips of pancetta are placed over the top for extra flavor or bacon.




When we wanted something extra special to serve guests this would be on the table. Most of the time it would be served around a holiday as a treat.




It's easy to make on any weeknight and perfect comfort food on a chilly night.




If you are looking for an original Italian style meatloaf try this recipe. Or these fun meatloaf cupcakes.





This is Italian flavored meatloaf stuffed with spinach, boiled eggs with tomato sauce rolled up and baked in the oven. This is a gourmet meatloaf that is worth the time and effort and delicious




Simple To Make





It looks more complicated than it is.



My step by step photos will help you see how easy this is to put together.



You really won't need anything more to serve except maybe some potatoes you love.






This is Italian flavored meatloaf stuffed with spinach, boiled eggs with tomato sauce rolled up and baked in the oven. This is a gourmet meatloaf that is worth the time and effort and delicious






Easy Instructions



I tried to photograph every step to help you visualize how easy this is to make.



It can look intimidating but I promise you it will be over the top gourmet but easy to make!





This is Italian flavored meatloaf stuffed with spinach, boiled eggs with tomato sauce rolled up and baked in the oven. This is a gourmet meatloaf that is worth the time and effort and delicious




Ingredients You Will Need


  • Boiled eggs or enough to place across the size of your meat mixture spread out
  • fresh or frozen spinach sauteed in olive oil or boiled escarole drained seasoned with salt, pepper, and fresh garlic 1 minced clove
  • Grated Romano cheese
  • Slices of thick Hot Capicola or Sweet (or use prosciutto, soppressata) around 6 to 7 slices
  • Slices of thick mozzarella or provolone
  • Ground Round Beef or Chuck ( as much for your family size) four people needs 1 1/2 pounds
  • slices of day-old bread crusts off soaked in water then water squeezed out of the bread
  • Italian style breadcrumbs
  • chopped fresh garlic
  • chopped fresh parsley
  • Salt pepper to taste
  • large eggs
  • canned tomato sauce or homemade marinara which we use
  • thin slices of rolled pancetta or bacon
  • Optional: sliced mushrooms and sliced bell peppers







This is Italian flavored meatloaf stuffed with spinach, boiled eggs with tomato sauce rolled up and baked in the oven. This is a gourmet meatloaf that is worth the time and effort and delicious






Other Meats You Can Use:


  • Ground Pork
  • Ground Round
  • Ground Turkey
  • Ground Chicken
  • Ground Venison
  • A mixture of ground pork, veal and ground sirloin









This is Italian flavored meatloaf stuffed with spinach, boiled eggs with tomato sauce rolled up and baked in the oven. This is a gourmet meatloaf that is worth the time and effort and delicious






Tools You Will Need



  • Wax paper or plastic wrap
  • Oil sprayed Pan to bake in fitting the size of your meatloaf
  • I use a 2 1/2 inch deep 13x 9 nonstick porcelain dish
  • knife
  • bowls
  • measuring spoon and measuring cups







This is Italian flavored meatloaf stuffed with spinach, boiled eggs with tomato sauce rolled up and baked in the oven. This is a gourmet meatloaf that is worth the time and effort and delicious





Suggestions



  • You can change it up with whatever you like around it, peppers, mushrooms are our favorite.
  • Try adding small baby potatoes around the meat and bake them if you love potatoes.
  • Pepperoni, cooked Italian sausage, hot capicola, prosciutto are all great for stuffing alternatives
  • Spinach, escarole, arugula are all perfect for another layer
  • Adding any kinds of sliced cheese you prefer, provolone, Havarti, mozzarella any good melting cheeses work well
  • Make sure you season the meat to taste if you would like a little heat trying adding chopped hot peppers to the meat mixture or red pepper flakes







This is Italian flavored meatloaf stuffed with spinach, boiled eggs with tomato sauce rolled up and baked in the oven. This is a gourmet meatloaf that is worth the time and effort and delicious




Tips:


  • Make sure the meat is super cold
  • All ingredients used should be cooled off using like spinach and eggs
  • Use any kinds of cheese you prefer, cheddar and provolone work great and have a stronger taste than mild cheese
  • This can be made and frozen
  • Leftovers are great in a sandwich




This is Italian flavored meatloaf stuffed with spinach, boiled eggs with tomato sauce rolled up and baked in the oven. This is a gourmet meatloaf that is worth the time and effort and delicious






A Big Stuffed Meatball



Polpettone, known as meatloaf in America, is made in various regions in Italy and in so many different ways.


It resembles a great big stuffed meatball.


Here in America, it is served with ketchup, and in Italy on with tomato sauce.


But meatloaf in Italy is not like meatloaf in America and it is stuffed with many different ingredients from the various regions in Italy.


This version is the way mom made it from Bari, Italy.





This is Italian flavored meatloaf stuffed with spinach, boiled eggs with tomato sauce rolled up and baked in the oven. This is a gourmet meatloaf that is worth the time and effort and delicious






Season the Meat First



As long as the meat is seasoned first anything can go inside.


My kids are big big fans of cheese.


Sometimes that's all I add to the middle. I like to use cheeses that easily melt.


I usually do use a blend of mozzarella, and provolone.





This is Italian flavored meatloaf stuffed with spinach, boiled eggs with tomato sauce rolled up and baked in the oven. This is a gourmet meatloaf that is worth the time and effort and delicious








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Polpettone Italian Stuffed Meatloaf
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Polpettone Italian Stuffed Meatloaf

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Prep time: 25 MCook time: 1 hourTotal time: 1 H & 25 M
This is a stuffed meatloaf called Polpettone and it's the gourmet version Italian style and not American meatloaf. This version comes from the Region of Bari, Italy and my mom's recipe stuffed with hard boiled eggs.

Ingredients:

  • 4 to 5 Boiled eggs or enough to place across the size of your meat mixture spread out
  • 1 10 ounces bag or frozen spinach sauteed in olive oil or boiled escarole drained seasoned with salt, pepper, and fresh garlic 1 minced clove
  • Grated Romano cheese
  • Slices of thick Hot Capicola or Sweet (or use prosciutto, soppressata) around 6 to 7 slices
  • Slices of thick mozzarella or provolone
  • Ground Round Beef or Chuck ( as much for your family size) four people needs 1 1/2 pounds
  • 4 slices of day-old bread crusts off soaked in water then water squeezed out of the bread
  • 1/2 cup Italian style breadcrumbs
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh garlic
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
  • Salt pepper to taste
  • 2 large eggs
  • 12 ounce can of tomato sauce or homemade marinara which we use
  • 3 to 4 thin slices of rolled pancetta or bacon
  • Optional: sliced mushrooms and sliced bell peppers
  • 1/2 cup Red Wine like Merlot of Cabernet
  • Tools needed to roll out:
  • Wax paper or plastic wrap
  • Oil sprayed Pan to bake in fitting the size of your meatloaf
  • ( I use a 2 1/2 inch deep 13x 9 nonstick porcelain dish)
  • Garnish:
  • Granulated Garlic
  • Parsley
  • Grated Cheese

Instructions:

  1. Mix the ground beef, eggs, squeezed bread, 2 eggs, bread crumbs, 1/2 cup grated cheese, salt, pepper to taste, garlic, and parsley in a large mixing bowl.
  2. Spread this out into a 2-inch thick square or circle onto parchment paper or a very well oiled casserole dish.
  3. First spread the sauteed spinach or escarole in the center middle end to end. Then the ham of choice, cheese, eggs on top.
  4.  I sprinkle it all with grated cheese, parsley, and granulated garlic for more flavor.
  5. Top this will the rest of the meat roll sealing sides  until you cover all open spots. 
  6.  If using vegetable place around the meat.
  7. Pour sauce on top around 1/2 cup sprinkle with more grated cheese and fresh parsley or dried and optional wine on the bottom of this casserole.
  8.  Lay the pancetta over the top.
  9.  Bake at 350-degree hot oven until browned around 1 hour depending on how thick and big this is. 
  10. Use more sauce if it started to dry out while baking or more wine.
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This is Italian flavored meatloaf stuffed with spinach, boiled eggs with tomato sauce rolled up and baked in the oven. This is a gourmet meatloaf that is worth the time and effort and delicious



Disclosure: This recipe was originally shared in 2016. It was edited and re-published in 2020.

10 comments

  1. Great idea with mince met which is something boring but surely not prepared this way.

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  2. Great recipe! I make meatloaf with hard boiled eggs and prosciutto and cheese as well, but this is a little bit different and truly Italian. Saving it for later use!:)

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  3. Claudia My mom used to make a similar stuffed meatloaf, less the hot cappi. I'm definitely going to try your recipe!

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  4. I love meatloaf and your version looks and sounds so delicious! Perfect idea for hosting and for dinner parties!

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  5. I've never had meatloaf, but my does this sound good. Love your step by step instructions too!

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  6. This is comfort food at its best! My family would love it.

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  7. Nicely explained recipe with steps. Very helpful.

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  8. That's so comforting!! I've never had meatloaf with eggs in it, but would certainly try! Looks delicious :)

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  9. Delicious for sure and love that egg in the middle!

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