Monday, January 31, 2011

Not Your Mother's Meatloaf!

So what else do you do when you're having a blizzard? That's right! Cook comfort food!

A friend of mine gave me this recipe ages ago so I'm not sure where it came from. But I've been making it ever since! If you're tired of the same old meatloaf, try this recipe out!

Your favorite Meatloaf mix
6-8 slices of your favorite cheese- I usually use either Swiss or Provolone
About 1 1/2 cups of chopped broccoli- I use frozen
Sheet of Wax paper about 2 feet long

If you don't have a favorite meatloaf recipe, you can find a few to choose from here: Kraft Foods, This is my favorite recipe site. For my meatloaf, I don't measure anything. I just use about 2 lbs hamburger, 1/2 package dry onion soup mix, about 1/2 cup bread crumbs, 1 egg , about 1/4 cup of ketchup, and enough milk to make it all stick together but not too soggy.

meatloaf mix  all mixed up 

Mix up your meatloaf. Pour it out onto your sheet of wax paper. Shape your meatloaf mix into a rectangle about the width of your meatloaf pan and approximately 15 inches long. Lay your slices of cheese on top, leaving a little room at both ends. If you use frozen broccoli, I suggest rinsing it in a colander with cold water. This just makes it a bit easier to spread and not all sticking together.

spread out on wax paper cheese on top

Spread your broccoli evenly on top of the cheese. Now for the rolling. Turn the meatloaf so that the shorter end is toward you. Grab the wax paper and start rolling! As you roll, pull up the wax paper so it is not in your meatloaf.

broccoli on top of cheese short end towards you

When you get to the end, stop just short of rolling it over the end. Pull the end up to the top of the meatloaf so that your seam is on the top. Press together as much as possible. At least with the seam on the top, nothing will fall out into your pan!

rollin' rollin' rollin' Voila!

Carefully put the meatloaf into your pan. I have this cool meatloaf pan that has an insert with holes in the bottom to keep the meatloaf out of the grease. Cook for approximately 1 hour at 350 degrees.

in the pan after an hour

After an hour, I put about a half cup of ketchup over the top of mine and let it cook for another 15 minutes or so to be sure it is done.

ketchup added finished meatloaf

There you go! Serve with your favorite sides and the leftovers make great sandwiches, even with the broccoli!


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