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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 12x10-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 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, 0 fiber), 36g protein.

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SalsaSam User ID: 781817 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 User ID: 5038079 24968
Reviewed Jan. 13, 2011

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

rudylenak User ID: 3071215 22957
Reviewed Dec. 31, 2010

"good recipe"

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