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Pepper Jack Meat Loaf

For a simple yet sensational dinner, try this recipe. This is a quick way to put a zesty twist on a traditional main dish.—Debra Hartze, Zeeland, North Dakota
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. Bake: 55 min. + standing
  • Makes
    6 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 cup seasoned bread crumbs
  • 1/4 cup chopped onion
  • 1/2 to 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1-1/2 pounds lean ground beef (90% lean)
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) pepper jack cheese, divided
  • 1 cup salsa, optional

Directions

  • In a large bowl, combine the egg, bread crumbs, onion, salt and pepper. Crumble beef over mixture and mix well. Press half of the beef mixture onto the bottom and halfway up the sides of a greased 8x4-in. loaf pan. Sprinkle 3/4 cup cheese over meat to within 1/2 in. of sides. Pat remaining beef mixture over cheese.
  • Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 50-55 minutes or until meat is no longer pink and a thermometer reads 160°. Sprinkle with remaining cheese. Bake 5 minutes longer or until cheese is melted. Let stand for 10 minutes before slicing. Serve with salsa if desired.
Nutrition Facts
1 each: 331 calories, 16g fat (7g saturated fat), 111mg cholesterol, 681mg sodium, 15g carbohydrate (1g sugars, 1g fiber), 30g protein.

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