Monday, March 11, 2013

cheese stuffed italian meatloaf

This is by far the best meatloaf I've ever had.  I learned this recipe at a meats class during my first year of college.  You have to know that as a kid I hated meatloaf but my parents made me eat it.  I saw with a glass of milk trying to choke down every last bite.  Why oh why didn't my mother know about this recipe?  As a result, I learned to cook.  Whenever my mom said meatloaf was for dinner I did the cooking.  She said we were having meatloaf quite often.

cheese stuffed italian meatloaf (adapted from my meats class at Ricks College)
1 pound extra lean ground beef
1 pound ground chicken
1 egg
1/2 cup Italian breadcrumbs
8 ounces tomato sauce, divided
1 teaspoon oregano, divided
1 cup mozzarella cheese
1/4 cup Parmesan cheese

In a large bowl, combine ground beef, ground chicken, egg, breadcrumbs, 1/2 cup tomato sauce and 1/2 teaspoon oregano.  Make sure the ingredients are mixed well.  Take a rectangular piece of wax paper and place it on the counter.  Dump the meat out of the bowl and onto the wax paper.  Spread the meat onto the wax paper and pat and shape into a rectangle- 8x15.  Spread mozzarella cheese on top of meat.  Starting at one end, roll the meatball into a loaf.  Place into a greased loaf pan.
Bake at 350 degrees for an hour.  Ten minutes before it's done pour the rest of the tomato sauce over the meatloaf and sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.  Continue baking for 10 minutes more.


  1. I usually have ground chicken that I am trying to "hide" in meals because it's not a family favorite so I was drawn to this recipe, but instead I have 3 lbs of ground pork that I am trying to use up, so I am making this with half beef, half pork. I am so looking forward to dinner! If I were being really kind I'd make potatoes for my husband (he's truly a meat and potatoes man), but he's getting noodles (and roasted asparagus) instead. I have a feeling I won't hear any complaints!

  2. Yum! May we join you for dinner? : )
    If you can believe it the original recipe was actually a microwave recipe. You microwave it at 50% for several minutes then on high for the rest of the time. It works! I just can't seem to find the original recipe to do it that way again.

  3. Making this again tonight, this time with chicken and beef! I was talking to my mom today and asked her advice for dinner, because although I love eating our favorites I think I get tired of fixing them, and I wore my brain out planning for Thanksgiving and houseguests. She suggested meatloaf, and I knew just the blog to look at! Almost made the confetti but know my husband and kids will prefer (mostly) beef.

  4. Suddenly I am in the mood for meatloaf!😊