When you talk about deep-dish pizza, you have to talk about Chicago and their one-of-a-kind cheesy pizza that literally takes a fork and knife to eat it. Just imagine one slice of deep dish pizza filling you up!
But that that decadent slice of pizza comes a lot of cheese, pounds and carbs that can mess up your dietary goals for this year. So in an effort to keep you on track, but still eat something tasty, we came across the deliciously brilliant recipe from GrandBabyCakes (@GrandbabyCakes on Instagram). Its deep-dish pizza reimagined into an incredible tasting meatloaf.
2 pounds ground beef or ground turkey
1/2 cup chopped pepperoni
3 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 large eggs
3/4 cup Italian breadcrumbs
1/3 cup milk
1/2 tablespoon seasoned salt
2½ teaspoons Italian seasoning
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1½ cups shredded mozzarella cheese
1 (32-ounce) jar pizza sauce
1 tablespoon fresh parsley, chopped plus more for garnish
2 teaspoons garlic powder
2 teaspoons dried oregano
1 teaspoon dried basil
1/8 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
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FOR THE MEATLOAF:
1. Preheat the oven to 375 F.
2. Combine all of the meatloaf ingredients together in a mixing bowl, with the exception of the shredded mozzarella cheese.
3. Form the meat mixture into the shape of the 9- by 5-inch loaf pan and place in the pan.
4. Make a horizontal well down the center of the meatloaf with your hand, wide enough to add the shredded cheese. Place the cheese in