People either love or hate meatloaf. I think it’s because a good meatloaf is hard to find – so many are dry and flavorless. This is my standard recipe – with the addition of spinach, rice and cheese. You can use any cheese you like – it’s also nice with sautéed mushrooms in place of the spinach. Feel free to experiment! This loaf stays moist and makes great leftover sandwiches (topped with extra sauce, cheddar cheese and homemade onion rings – just a thought….)!
Spinach, Rice and Cheese Stuffed Meatloaf
2 pounds ground beef
3 slices day old bread, crumbled
1/4 cup milk
2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
1/2 cup diced onion
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon dried mustard
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1/2 teaspoon hot sauce (I use Franks)
1 cup ketchup (homemade or bought)
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon ground mustard (more or less depending on your taste)
Mix all ingredients together. On a large piece of plastic wrap, spread out meat mixture to 1/2 inch thick rectangle. Top with 2 cups of cooked rice, 1 cup of shredded cheese (I used swiss here), and 1/2 cup cooked and chopped spinach. Using plastic wrap to help, roll meat into loaf shape. Place in a large baking pan. In a large bowl – mix topping and spread on top of meatloaf. Bake at 350 degrees for about 1 hour – until cooked through. Let cool for 10 minutes for easier slicing.
This recipe serves 8 people and cost just under $7.00 to make. The best part is having both the meat and starch in one dish – you only need a nice green salad and maybe glazed carrots to complete the meal. It’s also nice for entertaining – two of these would go a long way!
What kinds of things do you like to add to your meatloaf to make it a little more special? I’d love to hear your ideas!