Meatloaf stuffed with Mozzarella and Basil
(If you watched the video, we were serving 10 people with very healthy appetites. The following recipe has been scaled down to serve about 6 servings.
1 1/2 lbs of 80/20 sirloin hamburger
1 lb of ground Italian sausage
1 Tablespoon of crushed fennel seeds (a mortar & pestle)
1 small onion, chopped
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 1/2 cups fresh breadcrumbs
1/2 cup of fresh parsley, chopped
1 teaspoon of Salt
1/2 teaspoon of pepper
2 fresh eggs, well beaten
1/4 cup of V-8 juice
1/4 cup dry white Wine
a large bunch of fresh Basil leaves, chopped
1 lb of fresh Mozzarella cheese, sliced about 1/4″ thick.
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
In a large bowl, combine all ingredients together except for the Basil leaves and Mozzarella Cheese.
Using either a silicone mat or parchment paper, spread the mixture out with your hands or a rolling pin until mixture is about 1/2″ thick.
Place mozzarella cheese in rows across the mixture leaving a few inches between each row.
Top the mixture with chopped Basil leaves. Now lifting the edge of the silicone mat or parchment paper and begin rolling the mixture in a jelly-roll fashion.
Now lifting the edge of the silicone mat or parchment paper and begin rolling the mixture in a jelly-roll fashion.
Place rolled mixture in a glass pyrex dish and roast for 1 hour.
Check for an internal temperature of 170 degrees since this is made with pork and beef products.
Remove meatloaf from oven and top with 4 slices of mozzarella cheese and roast until cheese is melted.
Allow meatloaf to cool for 10-15 minutes before slicing.
Top with optional Tomato Sauce or Marinara sauce.