Italian Spiral Meat Loaf Recipe
- 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 (8 ounces) shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese, divided
- 1 jar (6 ounces) sliced mushrooms, drained
- 1. 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.
- 2. On a piece of parchment paper, 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 paper 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 15-20 minutes or until no pink remains and a thermometer reads 160°. Using two large spatulas, carefully transfer meat loaf to a serving platter.
Freeze option: Securely wrap and freeze cooled meat loaf in plastic wrap and 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°. Yield: 12 servings.
1 slice equals 386 calories, 23 g fat (9 g saturated fat), 130 mg cholesterol, 981 mg sodium, 12 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 31 g protein.
Reviews for Italian Spiral Meat Loaf
"This has a very good and different taste from the usual meat loaf. A nice change of pace. The only thing I changed was to layer the ham, just to make it easier."
"I made this recipe exactly as written and it was alright, but not my favorite. The ham just didn't seem to go with the rest of it. I love ham, but did not care for it this way. I will probably make this when I have to feed a lot (will not include ham next time), but my favorite recipe is still Mom's Meat Loaf by Michelle Beran."
"LOVE this meatloaf and I'm not a meatloaf fan! QUESTION: What are the instructions for cooking after freezing? Do I thaw first?"
"This is the only meatloaf my son will eat and the only one I've made for several years now. It will either make two smaller loaves or enough for me to slice and freeze. It reheats well. Excellent recipe - it's a keeper!"
"I totally agree with the other reviewers. This is a wonderful recipe. The only changes I made was to add a 1/2 cup of ricotta cheese to the meat loaf mixture. Veal, pork and beef. Instead of rolling I simply folded in in half. Much easier to work with. This does make a very large serving. No problem. I cut the meat loaf in 1/2 and placed 1/2 of raw mixture into the freezer all ready to be baked when ready to use. Then I gently reshaped the remaining loaf and baked as directed,This is by far one of the tastiest meat loafs that I have made in quite a while.JanieVolunteer Field Editor.( Cooks Corner )"
"I have made this 3 times, twice I cut recipe in half and it was still great. Good recipe for large group of guests."
"we loved this recipe! best meat loaf I have tried."
"My family devours this Meat-loaf every time I make it!"
"This is the best Meatlof I have ever made! Husband approved!!! This hearty and delicious recipe also made a great presentation on a platter. There will be plenty of leftovers as I made it for 2. This recipe could easily be made for a buffet or larger group. Very pleased!!!"
"I have a husband that hates meatloaf. I've tried many different recipes with no luck.He gave me the go ahead to try this one and he loved it! Thank you for sharing it."
"Very hearty meatloaf. Makes great sandwiches the next day."
"Ok I need some help! The first time I made this, it turned out perfect! Great recipe. But every time I've made it since then, the seam comes undone while its baking and the cheese leaks out into the pan. Then when I slice it, its hollow :( Any ideas on how to make it stay together? I did nothing different from the first time, so I dont know what I'm doing wrong everytime since!"
"My husband loves this, it is very flavorful and meaty."
"I love this meatloaf. Since trying it a couple of months ago, it is the only meatloaf that I make. My family was never fond of meatloaf until I made this one. This is definite a keeper at our house. This recipe does make a big loaf, but sometimes I make two, one for dinner, and one for the freezer. We just love it."
"Having problems rolling the meatloaf? Use plastic wrap atop a PAM'ed cookie sheet! The cookie sheet helps to form the meatloaf and the plastic wrap makes rolling it a breeze! Just peel the wrap off as you go and gently slide it onto the greased cookie sheet and bake! These chefs make these things far too difficult and parchment paper doesn't have the pliability that plastic wrap has. KISS!"
"Great meatloaf recipe - looks a little fancy, but easy to make."
"this was absolutely delicious!!"
"I made this for my first formal dinner at my new home. Everyone LOVED it and asked for the recipe. I can't wait to make it again, just thinking about it makes my mouth water."
"This meat loaf recipe is definitely a keeper. My husband rated it EXCELLENT! Will always make this meat loaf!"
"My daughter usualy makes the meatloaf but i did this one and it was so good. the best i ever made"
"For my first meatloaf, seemed like a great recipe."
"I made this recipe as written except for the mushrooms (don't like mushrooms) and I baked it a little longer than stated. I don't care for leftovers, but I ate it four days in a row. I won't make my old meatloaf again. This one is so much better!!"
"I made this with some difficulty rolling it up but it still tasted so good. MY husband passed this recipie to his co-workers."
"I've made it twice and it's really tasty. I have very moist, lean burger (older cow!) and the loaf splits toward the end, but no matter. I haven't used ham or mushrooms and I don't feel any need to add the salt it calls for. We love it!"
"A M A Z I N G !!!!!!!!!"
"I just made this recipe for the 2nd time, I actually made two and feed 20 people-there wasn't even a crumb left. It is a great meatloaf-and i recommend the 'make ahead mashed potatoes' to go with it, they are pictured with the meatloaf."
"Outstanding recipe! Follow the recipe exactly except divide the meat mixture in two and roll out on aluminum foil or wax paper to fit 2 bread pans. I used 12 oz. of pizza sauce and added the extra to the top. This recipe is definitely a SAVE."
"This meatloaf was absolutely delicious. The only changes I made were: I used a whole jar of pizza sauce and I used Italian Panko Breadcrumbs. This recipe would be great for a gathering because it makes alot. Will definitely make again. YUM"
"This was VERY good. A nice change from my regular meatloaf. I had to cook for nearly two hours and I also served with spagetti sauce on the side. Makes a ton!"
"AWESOME ! Made this last night for dinner exactly to the directions. Absolutely Wonderful ! I can not wait to make it again."
"I made this using "mild" Italian sausage, it was still way to spicy. My family said, it's OK, but don't make it again."
"My husband and kids LOVED this meatloaf. If you like a meat lover's pizza, this is everything but the crust!"
"I made this as written except for the green pepper since I didn't have one. We loved it. I think I will make it into two loaves next time though. Mine cracked open at the top so maybe you have to do a really good job of mixing everything so it doesn't do that."
"My family LOVED this meat dish. I froze leftovers and reheated it and it again got rave reviews."
"Best meatloaf I have ever eaten. I didn't swirl mine but folded it like a stuffed meatloaf and it still came out perfect. My kids loved it! Thanks so much."
"THE BEST MEAT LOAF!!!!!!!My husband hates meat loaf, BUT Loved this one. The only changes I made was I used 1 lb ground beef & 1 lb of italian sausage. I didn't have seasoned bread crumbs, I only had panko Italian bread crumbs. Made my own pizza sauce. Had to cook it longer. (A LOT OF MEAT!) Threw out all my other recipes, don't need them anymore, I've got this one!!! THAN YOU MEGAN for a WONDERFUL MEAT LOAF!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! You've made me a star w/my husband, he's now a convert!!!!!!!"
"This was the best meatloaf I ever made. I will definitely make this again. I prepared it the night before, put it in the frig, and cooked it the next day after work. My son is not fond of ham or mushrooms but he loved this meatloaf. This is definitely a keeper in our house. It makes a lot, but leftovers are great heated up in the microwave, and makes a good meatloaf sandwich. Please try this I truly think you are going to love this meat loaf. Gail NC"
"OMG I made this meatloaf tonight. It was the best meatloaf that I have ever tasted. All of my other meatloaf recipes are history. I did not make any changes to this recipe, I think it is perfect. It makes a lot, but I am looking forward to the good sandwiches that it is going to make. When I make it again and I know I will, I will probably turn it into two, one to cook and one to freeze. You have got to try this one. It is wonderful. My family gave it a 10, and they do not even fond of meatloaf. Gail and very happy camper "
Light-Bodied Red Wine
Enjoy this recipe with a light-bodied red wine such as Pinot Noir.