Sunday, October 23, 2011

Cheesy Stuffed Mealoaf

Tired of the same old meatloaf? I don't much care for getting stuck in a rut with supper ideas, but sometimes sticking with a family favorite isn't a bad thing. I tried to combine the best of both worlds with a meatloaf that is stuffed with cheese and rolled then baked to perfection. Pizza sauce takes the place of ketchup and I highly recommend using the right ratio of sauce to meat because it will become too soupy and will not bind properly. Enjoy!!

1 1/4 lb extra-lean ground beef
3/4 lb bulk Italian sausage
1 egg
1 can (8 oz) pizza sauce
1/4 cup bread crumbs, Italian style
1/4 teaspoon pepper
2 cups shredded cheese

Heat oven to 350°. In large bowl, mix ground beef, sausage, egg, 1/2 cup of the pizza sauce, the bread crumbs and pepper.

On foil, pat mixture to12x8-inch rectangle. Sprinkle evenly with cheese; gently press into meat. Top with spinach. Starting at short end, roll up tightly, using foil to start to roll; seal ends. Place seam side down in ungreased 12x8-inch (2 quart) glass baking dish.

Bake 1 hour. Spread remaining pizza sauce over top. Bake 15 minutes longer.

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