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Mozzarella Meat Loaf

My five kids weren't fans of meat loaf until I "dressed up" the usual recipe with pizza toppings. These days, they eat this hearty dinner with their own families. —Darlis Wilfer, West Bend, Wisconsin
  • Total Time
    Prep: 10 min. Bake: 1 hour 25 min.
  • Makes
    10 servings

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds lean ground beef (90% lean)
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 cup saltine cracker crumbs
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 can (8 ounce) pizza sauce
  • 3 slices part-skim mozzarella cheese, halved
  • Green pepper rings, optional
  • Sliced mushrooms, optional
  • 2 tablespoons butter, optional
  • Chopped fresh parsley, optional

Directions

  • Combine beef, eggs, crumbs, milk, Parmesan cheese, onion, salt and oregano, mixing lightly but thoroughly. Shape into a loaf and place in a greased 9x5-in. loaf pan. Bake at 350° for 1-1/4 hours or until no pink remains; drain.
  • Spoon pizza sauce over loaf and top with mozzarella cheese slices. return to oven for 10 minutes or until the cheese is melted.
  • Meanwhile, if desired, saute green pepper and mushrooms in butter; arrange on top of meat loaf. Sprinkle with parsley if desire.
Nutrition Facts
1 piece: 258 calories, 13g fat (6g saturated fat), 105mg cholesterol, 700mg sodium, 10g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 1g fiber), 24g protein.

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