Saturday, January 31, 2009

Meatloaf Surprise

Last night we had meatloaf. Oh how we love this easy family favorite. I was in the mood to do something different to it, so I stuffed it with cheese. Not knowing what I would call it the name came as hubby was slicing it and said "oh, I didn't know there was going to be a surprise inside." Thus the name meatloaf surprise was born.

Meatloaf Surprise

2 lbs. ground beef
1/4 c. bread crumbs
2 celery stalks, diced
1/4 an onion, diced
1 Tblsp. spicy Italian seasoning
1 egg
1 Tblsp. minced garlic
1/4 c. grated Parmesan cheese
1 c. shredded cheese (any variety you like is fine)
1 can diced tomatoes & green chilies

Preheat oven to 350*
Place meat into a large mixing bowl.

Add in bread crumbs, celery, onion, Italian seasoning, egg, garlic & Parmesan cheese.

Using your hands, mix meat and ingredients together. Do not over mix or the meat will become tough.

Place 1/2 the meat mixture and place into a small roasting pan. Shape into a loaf and make a well down the center of the meat.

Layer shredded cheese into well.

Place remaining meat mixture on top of the cheese and shape into a loaf to cover and seal cheese inside of the meatloaf.

Pour tomatoes & green chilies over the top of the loaf.

Bake for 1 hour to 1 hour and 20 minutes, or until meat is no longer pink. Let rest for 5-10 minutes before serving.

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