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Italian Spiral Meat Loaf

Take a classic comfort food to delicious new heights with this impressive recipe. Sausage, pizza sauce and mozzarella give Italian meatloaf roll extra personality. —Megan Krumm, Schererville, Indiana
  • Total Time
    Prep: 40 min. Bake: 1-1/4 hours
  • Makes
    12 servings

Ingredients

  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 cup pizza sauce, divided
  • 1 cup seasoned bread crumbs
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 medium green pepper, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 pounds lean ground beef (90% lean)
  • 1 pound bulk Italian sausage
  • 1/2 pound sliced deli ham
  • 2 cups shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese, divided
  • 1 jar (6 ounces) sliced mushrooms, drained

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 375°. In a large bowl, combine the eggs, 3/4 cup pizza sauce, bread crumbs, onion, green pepper, oregano, garlic, salt and pepper. Crumble beef and sausage over mixture and mix well.
  • On a piece of parchment, pat beef mixture into a 12x10-in. rectangle. Layer the ham, 1-1/2 cups cheese and mushrooms over beef mixture to within 1 in. of edges. Roll up jelly-roll style, starting with a short side and peeling parchment away as you roll. Seal seam and ends. Place seam side down in a greased 13x9-in. baking dish; brush with remaining pizza sauce.
  • Bake, uncovered, 1 hour. Sprinkle with remaining cheese. Bake until no pink remains and a thermometer reads 160°, 15-20 minutes longer. Using 2 large spatulas, carefully transfer meat loaf to a serving platter.
    Freeze option: Securely wrap and freeze cooled baked meat loaf in foil. To use, partially thaw in refrigerator overnight. Unwrap meat loaf; reheat on a greased shallow baking pan in a preheated 350° oven until heated through and a thermometer inserted in center reads 165°.
Nutrition Facts
1 slice: 386 calories, 23g fat (9g saturated fat), 130mg cholesterol, 981mg sodium, 12g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 1g fiber), 31g protein.

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