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Cheese-Stuffed Loaf

A similar recipe appeared on a campaign brochure for a candidate who was running for office in 1970. I played with the ingredients until it suited my family's tastes.
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. Bake: 45 min. + standing
  • Makes
    4 servings


  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 1 large egg
  • 3 tablespoons whole milk
  • 1/2 cup dry bread crumbs
  • 1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese


  • In a bowl, combine the first seven ingredients; mix well. Crumble beef over mixture and mix well. On a large piece of heavy-duty foil, pat beef mixture into a 10x6-in. rectangle. Sprinkle with mozzarella cheese to within 1/2 in. of edges. Roll up, jelly-roll style, starting with a short side and peeling away foil while rolling. Seal seam and ends. Place seams side down in a greased 11x7-in. baking pan. Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 45 minutes or until meat is no longer pink and a thermometer reads 160°. Let stand 10 minutes before slicing.
An opened bottle of ketchup can be stored in the refrigerator indefinitely. One 16-ounce bottle yields 1-2/3 cups.

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  • sgronholz
    Jan 26, 2019

    This delicious recipe was just the right size for the two of us! I substituted Colby Jack cheese for the mozzarella, and although some of the cheese seeped out, the flavor was great and I can't wait to make it again!

  • Chelsey2000
    Oct 7, 2013

    Loved it! I used Italian seasoned bread crumbs which probably helped add more flavor. I also had some chopped black olives sitting around and I tossed those in with the cheese! It was great!

  • rayeellen
    Sep 30, 2013

    Not fond of this one. It was bland and had a strange texture.

  • kdipietro
    Sep 7, 2011

    very good! i've made meatloaf with swiss cheese and ham in the middle and that is super yummy. i prefer to leave out the italian seasoning though.

  • chrgabel515
    Feb 10, 2011

    No comment left

  • hoteamom
    Feb 7, 2011

    This is an awesome recipe! I loved it and so did my whole family. Even the leftovers were great.I only made one change that that was that I did not use ketchup, I used some very mild salsa instead.

  • jblanchard
    Oct 30, 2009

    The meat mixture is a little loose so I usually add a little less ketchup to it. I've never had any success managing to keep all of the cheese inside the loaf, but what does seep out doesn't burn and is very tasty!