Dec 8, 2008

Pretty Meatloaf... An Oxymoron?

Ok... I admit it, I like meatloaf.
I make lots of meatloaf.
Many different kinds of meatloaf.

Meatloaf has gotten a bad rap for years.
Meatloaf can be good.
Meatloaf can be really REALLY good!

It doesnt have to be that heavy, dry, brick-like thing your Aunt Elenore used to make.
It can be kinda fancy.
It can be juicy, flavorful, and pretty.
Yes... I said pretty.

Tonight I finally perfected my new meatloaf recipe and it IS indeed pretty!

OK.. maybe it's not pretty like a sunset or a beautiful blooming rose.
But this is the prettiest meatloaf I've seen.
Don'tcha think it's pretty? In a ground beef kinda way?
This recipe is a moist meatloaf with a swirl of ham and spinach, topped with mozzarella cheese.
Can I get an Amen?

Dana's Swirled Meatloaf


  • 2 lbs lean ground beef
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 slices bread, fresh, blended to coarse crumbs
  • 1/3 cup pizza sauce, spaghetti sauce, or ketchup
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper, freshly ground
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning or oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 2 cloves chopped garlic
  • 6 ham slices
  • 10 ounces frozen spinach, thawed and squeezed dry
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 3/4cup mozzarella cheese, grated
  1. Add all of the meatloaf ingredients in a large bowl, mix thoroughly.
  2. spread meatloaf mixture onto a sheet of aluminum foil, into a rectangle, approx 10x12 inches.
  3. Lay ham slices covering the meatloaf mixture. approx 1 inch from the edges.
  4. spread the spinach evenly over the ham slices and sprinkle with onion powder.
  5. carefully roll your meatloaf, starting at the widest edge (think jelly roll), use the almunum foil to help it roll.
  6. Place in a baking dish and bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for 1hr 15min, or until the center reaches 155 degrees.
  7. sprinkle the top with cheese and return to the oven for 1-2 minutes to melt.
  8. slice and enjoy!
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13 amazing comments. Talk To Me!!:

Sandee (Comedy +) said...

I really like meatloaf too, and this indeed looks very pretty. I've the recipe now. Thanks. :)

kreations said...

Wow that looks great!
I have been an anti-meatloafer for years. Yet, the last few month or so I have been thinking I should find myself a good recipe.

tahtimbo said...

I'm not a real meatloaf fan, but this is a recipe that I will be trying. It looks fantastic. YUM!!

Doncha Wannano said...

Your meatloaf is so preeeeetty! It's official... I love your blog and I love you!

Roxy's Best Of... said...

My daughters would say, "WHAT'S THAT GREEEEEEEN STUFF??!!"


MoxieMamaKC said...

I'm a HUGE meatloaf fan. That looks awesome on so many levels I could cry. Thanks for the new recipe!!!

Leslie and Bonnie Mason Family homepage said...

this looks so good! I think I may try it with salami though since oldest DD is against ham (but loves bacon...go figure!) maybe some marinara sauce for 'gravy'

thanks for another good recipe!

Kaitlin said...

this looks seriously yummy!

Bryan Karl said...

Now I'm getting hungry...

Erin Tales said...

That is pretty! I make a mean meatloaf. DH brags about it. And I've made it for guests and they rave too!

desperateblogger said...

looks yummy! i'll try your recipe.

Kevin said...

I really like the sound of this meatloaf!

Matt Kay said...

Meatloaf is one of those meals - it's either just another meatloaf or it's something special. The visual appeal alone makes this one something special for sure and I'm sure it's as delicious as it looks. Love it!

Matt Kay

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