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Meat Loaf Cordon Bleu

I'm a school counselor and a mother of one young child. Even with my busy schedule, I can make this in the morning and pop it into the oven when I get home. —Barb Jacobsen, Campbell, Nebraska
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. Bake: 1-1/4 hours
  • Makes
    10 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • 1 envelope meat loaf seasoning mix
  • 1/2 cup tomato sauce
  • 2 cups soft bread crumbs
  • 2 pounds lean ground beef
  • 8 thin slices fully cooked ham
  • 8 thin slices Swiss cheese
  • 1 can (4 ounces) sliced mushrooms

Directions

  • In a large bowl, mix together egg, meat loaf seasoning, tomato sauce and bread crumbs. Add ground beef; mix lightly but thoroughly. On a piece of waxed paper, pat meat mixture into an 18x9-in. rectangle. Top with layers of ham, cheese and mushrooms. Roll rectangle, jelly-roll style, starting from short side. Pinch edges to seal. Place seam side down in a shallow baking pan. Bake until no pink remains, about 1-1/4 hours. Let stand several minutes before slicing.
    Freeze option: Securely wrap and freeze cooled meat loaf in foil. To use, partially thaw in refrigerator overnight. Unwrap meat loaf; reheat on a greased 15x10x1-in. baking pan in a preheated 350° oven until heated through and a thermometer inserted in center reads 165°.
Editor's Note
To make soft bread crumbs, tear bread into pieces and place in a food processor or blender. Cover and pulse until crumbs form. One slice of bread yields 1/2 to 3/4 cup crumbs.
Nutrition Facts
1 piece: 287 calories, 14g fat (7g saturated fat), 105mg cholesterol, 659mg sodium, 10g carbohydrate (1g sugars, 1g fiber), 28g protein.

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