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Sicilian Meat Roll Recipe

Sicilian Meat Roll Recipe

MY SISTER-IN-LAW shared this recipe years ago and it became our family's favorite meat loaf. The addition of ham and mozzarella is a colorful surprise and adds terrific flavor. This is always a big hit with company, and the leftovers are good either hot or cold. -Mrs. W. G. Dougherty, Crawfordsville, Indiana
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 1-1/4 hours YIELD:8 servings


  • 3/4 cup soft bread crumbs
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup tomato juice
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 3/4 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 pounds ground beef
  • 8 thin slices fully cooked ham
  • 1-1/2 cups (6 ounces) shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
  • 3 thin slices part-skim mozzarella cheese


  • 1. In a large bowl, combine the bread crumbs, eggs, tomato juice, parsley, garlic, oregano, salt and pepper. Crumble beef over the mixture and mix well.
  • 2. On a pieces of heavy-duty foil, pat meat mixture into a 12-in. x 10-in. rectangle. Place the ham and shredded cheese on loaf to within 1/2 in. of edges. Roll up, jelly-roll style, beginning with the short end and peeling foil away while rolling.
  • 3. Place on a greased baking pan with seam side down; seal ends. Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 1 hour and 10 minutes or until meat is no longer pink and a meat thermometer reaches 160°. Top with sliced cheese; bake 5 minutes longer or until cheese is melted. Yield: 8 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 slice: 375 calories, 23g fat (11g saturated fat), 163mg cholesterol, 580mg sodium, 5g carbohydrate (1g sugars, 0g fiber), 36g protein .

Reviews for Sicilian Meat Roll

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SalsaSam 215883
Reviewed Dec. 25, 2014

"You say, "Originally published as Sicilian Meat Roll in Reminisce January/February 1998, p49". However, this recipe is also in a hard covered book on Beef that was probably published before 1998. Unfortunately, I'm being a snowbird in Florida at the moment, and the book is back home in Canada. If I think of it, I'll revisit this site when I get home and update the information.

It is a fabulous recipe and can be made ahead and frozen. Contains no onions which was appreciated by my friend who is allergic to them. I made this up for her when her husband passed unexpectedly a few years ago. Her house was crowded with relatives and she was so happy to get this meatloaf that fed the crowd."

apardy 24968
Reviewed Jan. 13, 2011

"Awesome, awesome, awesome!! Had this recipe in my collection for years..favorite with friends and family!"

rudylenak 22957
Reviewed Dec. 31, 2010

"good recipe"

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