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Marilyn's Meat Loaf Recipe

Our family of five loves baked ham.. so every time I make it, I set aside some thin slices to add delicious flavor to my special meat loaf.—Marilyn Gould, Belmont, Nova Scotia
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 1-1/4 hours YIELD:6-8 servings


  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1/3 cup tomato juice
  • 1 cup soft bread crumbs
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
  • 3/4 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1-1/2 pounds lean ground beef
  • 4 to 6 slices thinly sliced fully cooked ham
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
  • Mozzarella cheese slices


  • 1. In a large bowl, combine the egg, tomato juice, bread crumbs, parsley, Italian seasoning, oregano, salt, pepper and garlic salt. Crumble beef over the top; mix well.
  • 2. On a piece of waxed paper, pat meat mixture into a 14-in. x 10-in. rectangle. Place ham slices on meat; sprinkle with shredded mozzarella cheese. Starting at narrow end, roll meat mixture jelly-roll style. Seal seam and end of the roll. Place seam side down in a shallow baking dish.
  • 3. Bake at 350° for 1-1/4 hours or until no pink remains; drain. Cut mozzarella slices in triangles; place on top of loaf. Return to oven just until cheese begins to melt. Yield: 6-8 servings.

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DeborahJene User ID: 1519990 14671
Reviewed Nov. 9, 2008

"I used cheddar cheese instead of mozzarella, and American cheese slices instead of mozzarella."

FriedaG User ID: 1671534 18950
Reviewed Jan. 30, 2008

"After making this meat loaf recipe several times, I decided to try another. My family asked after tasting my newest effort, "Where's the ham?" They want and expect Marilyn's Meat Loaf, so I don't dare to make another type when my boys are home."

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