Think of ground beef as mundane weeknight fare? Feel like only a big, honking roast spells holiday feast? This fancy meatloaf (yes, meatloaf!) is here to change your mind. Recast as an impressive centerpiece bursting with creamy, cheesy spinach and slathered in glossy ketchup, this lower budget protein can be tender, delicious, and positively luxurious.
There’s no risk of overworking the meat mixture (in fact, frenetic mixing is highly encouraged) so take your time forming a perfect log. Should your baked meatloaf crack in spots, arrange the parsley strategically on top and call it art.
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