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A Healthy Take – On My Italian Style Meatloaf

True comfort food even with this healthier version.

True comfort food even with this healthier version.

The challenge of this contest amongst Epicurious Community Table bloggers is to take a recipe previously published in the Community Table and give it a healthier make over. The original recipe featured ground pork, veal and beef. It also had a whole egg, mozzarella and thick full fat Caesar salad dressing. This lighter version is amazingly tasty! Serve with whole grain pasta.


  • 2 pounds ground chicken (white meat)
  • 1/2 cup panko breadcrumbs (seasoned)
  • 1 cup Parmesan cheese
  • 1/3 cup low-fat Caesar salad dressing
  • 1 cup low-fat skim mozzarella cheese (shredded)
  • 1 egg white
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  • 1 tablespoon dried parsley
  • 8 ounces marinara sauce


  1. Pre-heat oven to 350 degree F.
  2. In a large bowl, combine chicken, panko crumbs, Parmesan cheese, mozzarella cheese, parsley, oregano, egg, garlic and Caesar dressing until combined, but don’t over mix it.
  3. I suggest you line a baking dish with non-stick aluminum foil, for easier clean-up.
  4. Form meat mixture into a mound shape and place it in a large enough baking dish that there is space all around it.
  5. Use one cup of marinara sauce to coat the meat loaf mound on all sides except the bottom.
  6. Bake meatloaf for one hour, 15 minutes or until fully cooked through.
  7. Heat remaining sauce up in microwave at 1 minute, 30 seconds.
  8. Slice meatloaf and drizzle sauce on top.

Preparation Time: 15 minutes.

Cook Time: 1 hour, 15 minutes

Servings: 8-10


Palmiers are the size of monkey ears.

Palmiers should be called monkey ears.

When I was a youngster, My Dad introduced me to elephant ears which became my favorite confection. There was a bakery down the shore on Long Beach Island, a barrier island at the Jersey shore. The bakery created the most amazingly tasty and extra-large elephant ears. My Parents would rent a house every year on the island for two weeks and the elephant ears was a traditional treat that I always looked forward to. I was invited via email to submit an entry to the Epicurious Holiday Cookie Contest, as an Epicurious Community Table blogger. After reading the requirements I looked at the existing recipes. I chose the Palmiers recipe to make and photograph. The original recipe was featured in the 1999 edition of Epicurious. I baked them 7-1/2 minutes then flipped them and cooked them an addition 7-1/2 minutes and it worked out perfectly. Every oven temperature is different, so one needs to make cooking time adjustments based on the performance of their oven. The end result produced a caramelized crunchy outer coating with a soft center. I made two batches which I gave my Dad 1/2 of. It brought back wonderful memories for both of us.