Saturday, April 14, 2012

A-Z Challenge: M is for...

MEATLOAF... one of our family's favorite dinners.  My husband and I are not crazy about the traditional meatloaf with sweet ketchup-y-ness to it, so here is the recipe I use:

1 lb ground beef
1 lb sausage
1/2 medium onion, chopped
1 egg
1 cup old fashioned oatmeal
1 small can tomato sauce
1 brick of mozzarella cheese

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.

I chop the onion and cut the brick of cheese into 1/2" strips,

Mix all the ingredients, but the cheese in a casserole dish until evenly mixed.  You can salt and pepper to taste, but I usually don't add either. 

Form the meat mixture into the casserole with a depression in the middle.

Place the strips of cheese in the depression.

Fold over the remaining meat mixture making sure that the cheese is completely encased.  (Otherwise you will have a cheese volcano when baking) Form it into a loaf shape.

Take a paper towel and wipe around the rim of your casserole dish to make it look neater and for easier clean up after baking.

Bake for 45 minutes, check doneness with a meat thermometer, ground meat should be at least 160 degrees Fahrenheit. 

You can let it stand for about 5 minutes to let the cheese set, otherwise if you cut it open right away the cheese will ooze out, both options are yummy, just depends on your presentation preference.


  1. Interesting recipe. I wouldn't have thought about burying cheese in it. Yummy.

  2. Meatloaf is one of my top favorite comfort foods, love it! So great the next day too for meatloaf sandwiches too! Great recipe, really like the addition of the cheese.

  3. Yum! I have to try it this way!

  4. My husband don't eat red meat, but chicken or turkey would make a good substitute for us. For real vegetarians, they could use a mince substitute like Quorn.

  5. Interesting recipe, Sarann--thanks for sharing it. I enjoy meatloaf and this is a new and unique recipe to try!

  6. I'm going to have to try this!

  7. I have never found a meatloaf recipe that we both liked. My husband is too picky! I've bookmarked yours - I'll let you know when we try it!


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