Sicilian Meatloaf

The word “meathloaf” has always scared me until I tried this one! Forget everything you’ve ever heard, thought or tasted and give this recipe a try. Straight from the kitchen of a true Italian this will change everything you’ve ever thought about meatloaf. So yummy! (Btw for two 2 of us I usually half this recipe)

2 beaten eggs
1/2 cup tomato sauce or juice- ketchup is fine too
3/4 cup bread crumbs
2 Tablespoons snipped parsley
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano, crushed
1/4 teaspoon salt & pepper
1 clove garlic, minced
2 pounds ground beef
4 to 6 ounces sliced ham- I use black forest
6 ounces sliced mozzarella cheese

In a bowl combine the eggs & sauce.  Stir in the bread crumbs, parsley, oregano, salt, pepper, and garlic.  Add ground beef; mix well.  On foil or waxed paper pat meat to a 10×8 inch rectangle.  Arrange ham slices atop meat, leaving a small margin around edges.

Tear up cheese and place over ham.  Starting from short end, carefully roll up meat, using foil or paper to lift; seal edges and ends.  Place roll, seam side down, in 13x9x2 inch baking pan.

Bake at 350 till done, about 1 1/4 hours. Center of roll will be pink because of ham.  When making this for other people (like after having a baby, etc) I usually warn them about the pink center.. Makes 8 servings.