Enrico Alaggia

13 RECIPES

A true Roman Chef that brings the Italian family ancestors’ culinary tradition passed on from generation to generation to the rest of the world.

Polpettone in Crosta – Meatloaf in Puff Pastry Crust

Polpettone in Crosta is one of the traditional dishes I love from my early childhood. I was helping mamma making a big flavorsome meatball. Try my recipe by cooking the meatloaf before covering it with the puff pastry to avoid the puff pastry from excessively absorbing the cooked meat juices resulting in a crispy and light golden pastry crust.

Turn mealtime into a joyful experience
CUISINES: Italian
LEVEL: EASY
TIME: 1 hr 50 min
SERVING: 4 People
INGREDIENTS:
  • 【Meatloaf】 ㅤ ㅤ ㅤ ㅤ
  • ▶︎ For White Bread ㅤ ㅤ ㅤ ㅤ
  • 3 oz White Bread
  • 3 oz Milk
  • ▶︎ For Ground Beef ㅤ ㅤㅤ ㅤ ㅤㅤ
  • 16 oz Ground Beef
  • 6 oz Sausage Sausage or Chorizo
  • 1 large Egg
  • 4 oz Parmigiano Reggiano
  • 4 oz Bread Crumbs
  • 2 tbsp Onion, Diced
  • 2 tbsp Celery, diced
  • 1 tbsp Carrot, Diced
  • 1 tsp Nutmeg Powder
  • 1 tsp Oregano
  • 2 tsp Black Pepper
  • 1 tsp Sea Salt
  • 【Puff Pastry Rolls】 ㅤㅤ ㅤㅤ
  • 1 Roff Puff Pastry
  • 2 Large Egg
  • 1 tsp White Sesame Seeds
  • ½ tbsp Olive Oil
  • 【Make Mirepoix】 ㅤㅤㅤ ㅤㅤ
  • 1 tbsp Olive Oil
  • ½ cup Onion, Diced
  • 2 tbsp Celery,diced
  • 2 tbsp Carrot, Diced
  • 2 cloves Garlic
  • ¼ tsp Salt
  • ¼ tsp Black Pepper
  • 1 tbsp Olive Oil (for blend)
  • 【Salad】 ㅤㅤㅤ ㅤㅤ
  • 3 oz Spinach
  • 1 cup Cherry Tomato
  • 2 oz Red Cabbage
  • 1 tbsp Olive Oil
  • ¼ tspㅤ Salt
  • ¼ tspㅤ Black Pepper
  • 1 tsp White Sesame Seeds
LET'S START
Step 1
Step 1
Step 1
Preheat the oven 375°F / 190°C
Step 2
Step 2
Step 2
Break up the bread place in a bowl with the milk and let soak.
Step 3
Step 3
Step 3
In a medium bowl mix: ground beef, sausage/chorizo, egg, Parmigiano, bread crumbs, onion, carrot, celery, nutmeg, oregano, salt, and pepper.
Step 4
Step 4
Step 4
Mix well.
Step 5
Step 5
Step 5
Add the soaked bread previously squeezed to let milk out. and mix well.
Step 6
Step 6
Step 6
Take a piece of parchment paper and place the mixture in the center and fold the parchment over the meat to form a small loaf shape.
Step 7
Step 7
Step 7
Wrap again with tin foil.
Step 8
Step 8
Step 8
Place in the preheated oven for 15-18 minutes.
Step 9
Step 9
Step 9
Remove the meatloaf from the oven and allow it to rest in the fridge for up to 1 hour this will allow juices to return into the loaf. Keep any excess juices of the meatloaf on the side for the gravy.
Step 10
Step 10
Step 10
Cut stripes diagonally from the puff pastry on the sides of the meatloaf and cross the stripes on top of the meatloaf forming a braid.
Step 11
Step 11
Step 11
Brush the top of the puff pastry with beaten egg and olive oil, and sprinkle with sesame seeds.
Step 12
Step 12
Step 12
Bake in a medium-hot oven for approx 20 to 25 minutes, or until the pastry is a light golden all over.
Step 13
Step 13
Step 13
In a medium-heat pan add the olive oil then add diced onion, carrots, celery, and garlic, salt, and pepper cook gently for a few minutes
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Then add the juices from the meatloaf. Let cook for a few minutes longer.
Step 15
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Step 15
Blend into a puree add extra olive oil to thin out the sauce if you wish.
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Step 16
Mix all【Salad】ingredient together.
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Step 17
Serve your meatloaf on a base of your favorite salad or vegetable alongside your vegetable sauce.