Eggplant Parmesan Meatloaf

WOW! My family raved about this eggplant parmesan meatloaf recipe! They even devoured the eggplant and now think they love eggplant! Haha! #MomWin

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Ingredients –

Meatloaf:
2 pounds ground beef
2/3 cup chopped fresh basil
2/3 cup finely grated Parmesan
2/3 cup jarred tomato sauce (my favorite is Rao’s Marinara Sauce)
1/3 cup panko breadcrumbs
2 teaspoons kosher salt
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
3 large cloves garlic, minced
2 large eggs, at room temperature
1 small onion, finely chopped

Eggplant:
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1 medium eggplant, trimmed and cut into six to eight 1/2-inch-thick slices
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon finely ground black pepper
1/3 to 3/4 cup jarred tomato sauce (my favorite is Rao’s Marinara Sauce)
1/2 cup shredded mozzarella

Directions –

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.

For the meatloaf: In a large bowl, mix together the ground beef, basil, Parmesan, tomato-basil sauce, breadcrumbs, salt, pepper, garlic, eggs and onions until combined. Press the mixture onto the bottom of a nonstick baking sheet. Bake until cooked through or when an instant read thermometer registers 160 degrees F when inserted into the meatloaf, 20 to 25 minutes.

For the eggplant: In a large skillet, heat the oil over medium-high heat. In batches, add the eggplant slices and cook until lightly browned, 2 to 3 minutes. Turn the slices over and season with the salt and pepper. Cook for 2 to 3 minutes longer.
Arrange the eggplant slices on top of the meatloaf in a single layer. Spoon 1 to 1 1/2 tablespoons of the tomato-basil sauce into the center of each eggplant slice. Top with the mozzarella and bake until the cheese is just melted, an additional 5 minutes.

Cut into 6 to 8 squares and serve.

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