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Cheese-stuffed Meat Loaf

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  • Serves: 6
  • Complexity: easy
Cheese-stuffed Meat Loaf

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3/4 cup finely chopped onion
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped celery
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 1/2 cup minced Italian parsley
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 3/4 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons cumin
  • 3/4 cup salsa
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/2 pounds lean ground beef or a mix of lean ground beef and ground turkey
  • 3/4 cup bread crumbs
  • 1/4 pound sliced mozzarella cheese

Directions

  1. Heat the oven to 350º. In a skillet, sauté the onion, celery, garlic, and parsley in the oil over moderate heat until softened but not browned. With a slotted spoon, transfer the vegetables to a large bowl.

  2. Add all remaining ingredients, except cheese, to the vegetables. Mix well with your hands.

  3. Transfer half the mixture to a 9- by 5-inch loaf pan. Place mozzarella slices on top, then cover with the rest of the meat mixture. 4. Bake for 75 to 80 minutes or until a meat thermometer reads 170º. Cool and chill. Wrap tightly in freezer foil. Place in a resealable plastic freezer bag. Label and freeze. To serve: After thawing and unwrapping, bake in a covered pan at 400º for 20 to 30 minutes. Serves 5 to 6.

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