Meatloaf - Polpettone Barese Recipe

Meatloaf Recipe Barese style,  with potatoes, provolone and mortadella. The perfect dish to make on chilly days. I warms up the house and your soul.

Meatloaf - Polpettone Barese Recipe


For 6 Person(s)

For the Sauce:

  • 3 tablespoons extra virfin olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, chopped in 1/4 cubes
  • 28 ounces crushed tomatoes
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

For the Meatloaf:

  • 2 pounds ground beef
  • 3 cloves of garlic, shaved
  • 1/2 cup plain bread crumbs
  • 1 cup pecorino Romano cheese
  • 6 large eggs
  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 black pepper
  • 1/4 pound Mortadella
  • 4 ounces sharp provolone
  • 10 sprigs fresh parsley
  • 3 medium sized potatoes, cut in wedges
  • 3/4 cup water


  1. Pre-heat the oven at 450F
  2. Slice the potatoes in wedges and put aside.
  3. Prepare the tomato sauce: In a sauce pan, add 3 Tbs of EV olive oil and the sliced onion. Saute the onion until it becomes translucent and add the crushed tomatoes. Let it cook for about 15 minutes and set aside
  4. In a large bowl, add the ground beef, the garlic, 3 Tbs of fresh chopped garlic, the bread crumbs, the pecorino cheese, the eggs, 3 Tbs of EV olive oil and 5 Tbs of the tomato sauce. Mix everything together very well.
  5. In a large baking pan, put a thin layer of tomato sauce. Move the ground beef mix to the pan and spread it long way and with a valley at the center.
  6. Deposit the slices of Mortadella at the center of the meat, followed by sticks of provolone and several sprigs of fresh parsley.
  7. Sprinkle fresh black pepper over the center, as desired.
  8. Take the ground beef from both sided of the pan and fold it over the center stuffing covering everything.
  9. Add the slices potatoes on the sides of the pan.
  10. Add 3/4 cups of water to the pan.
  11. Sprinkle 4 Tbs of tomato sauce over the potatoes, the remainder of the tomato sauce spread over the meatloaf.
  12. Add a generous sprinkle of pecorino cheese over the meatloaf and the potatoes. Sprinkle fresh black pepper over the potatoes and the meatloaf.
  13. Bake for 1 hour at 450F.



Recipe Notes

PS: You can substitute the meat with any other type of  meat that you prefer. You can also substitute the Mortadella with Salami, Prosciutto or Ham. Further the Provolone can be substituted with other cheeses!

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