Active Time
20 MIN
Total Time
1 HR
Serves : 4

How to Make It

Step 1    

Preheat the oven to 425°. Spread the pine nuts in a pie plate and toast in the oven until golden, about 2 minutes. Let cool.

Step 2    

In a small bowl, soak the raisins in the hot water until plump, 10 minutes. Drain.

Step 3    

In a large bowl, soak the bread in the milk until soft, 10 minutes. Using a fork, mash the bread thoroughly, then beat in the egg until fluffy. Add the ground meats to the bowl along with the raisins, salt, pepper, 2 tablespoons of the pine nuts, the 2 tablespoons of oil and 1/2 cup of the cheese. Blend until just incorporated.

Step 4    

Oil a large rimmed baking sheet. Transfer the meat mixture to the prepared baking sheet and form it into a 4-by-8-inch loaf. Drizzle the meat loaf with olive oil. Sprinkle with the remaining 2 tablespoons each of the pine nuts and the provolone cheese, pressing to help them adhere.

Step 5    

Bake the meat loaf in the upper third of the oven for about 25 minutes, until browned on top and an instant-read thermometer inserted in the thickest part registers 165°. Remove from the oven and let stand for about 10 minutes. Cut into thick slices and serve.

Make Ahead

The uncooked meat loaf can be refrigerated overnight. Bring to room temperature before baking.

Suggested Pairing

Imparato's rich meat loaf, full of cheese and two kinds of meat, needs a substantial red to stand up to it. Campania in Southern Italy happens to be full of those, thanks to its most famous local wine, Taurasi, a formidably tannic red made from the Aglianico grape.

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Aggregate Rating value: 5

Review Count: 5181

Worst Rating: 0

Best Rating: 5

Author Name: Richard Morris

Review Body: This is literally thee FIRST recipe I've followed from F&W which I did not enjoy.  In my opinion it is lacking.  I do however believe it does not have to be completely abandoned, rather just improved upon/added to.  To start, perhaps it could benefit from a glaze reinforcing the sweetness of the golden raisins, as well as the addition of a fresh herb such as thyme and a savory note such as garlic and/or shallot? 

Review Rating: 2

Date Published: 2016-10-30