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Economical main dish #4

We've been busy lately around the house working on a few small projects. Next week is my last week at work, so I've been trying to remove all my personal items and leave things in good order for my replacement. We have several family anniversaries and birthdays that we will be celebrating in the next couple of weeks. After things settle into a more normal schedule I hope to post with a bit more regularity. 🙂 Anyway, here's another good ground beef recipe. My photo isn't the best, but the finished product is very tasty. We love meatloaf and I have several different recipes for it. This one came from Pillsbury and it's pretty enough to serve for company.

picture of stuffed meatloaf

Layered Italian Meat Loaf

1 1/2 pounds lean ground beef
8 oz. tomato sauce (or spaghetti sauce)
1 egg
3/4 cup bread crumbs
1 tsp. garlic powder
pepper to taste
Italian Seasoning to taste
1 cup shredded mozzarella
9 oz. frozen chopped spinach, thawed and well-drained (I wring it out in a dish towel)

Heat oven to 350 degrees. Line a 9" x 5" loaf pan with foil (directions follow.) Spray with pan spray. In a large bowl mix the ground beef 1/2 cup sauce, egg, bread crumbs, garlic powder, pepper, and Italian seasoning. Pat half the mixture into the loaf pan and sprinkle with 1/2 cup cheese. Spread the spinach over the cheese, sprinkle 1/2 cup of cheese, and then add the remaining meat in another layer on top. At this point I like to carefully remove the loaf from the loaf pan using the ends of the foil and place it in a 9" x 13" baking pan or roaster. I don't like to bake meat loaf in a loaf pan because I prefer that the fat drain off of the meat rather than accumulate in the bottom. Bake the meat loaf for about an hour and 15 mins. or until it reaches a temperature of 160 degrees. Carefully place the loaf onto a platter and slice and serve. Heat the remaining tomato sauce and pour on top of the loaf. (I usually slice the loaf and then arrange the slices nicely on the platter if I care about the presentation.) This is good with mashed potatoes.


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