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Mozzarella Meatloaf

1 12 lbs ground beef
12 cup dry breadcrumbs
1 egg, beaten slightly
4 tablespoons instant minced onion
34 teaspoon salt
12 teaspoon oregano (optional)
34 cup ketchup
1 12 cups mozzarella cheese, shredded
1 (4 ounce) can mushrooms, sliced
4 -6 slices bacon, cooked and diced
1 -2 tablespoon parsley, chopped


You can use a combination of ground meats. I like a combination of beef, pork and veal. Combine ground meats, bread crumbs, egg, onions, salt and oregano with 1/2 cup ketchup in a bowl. Mixing well. Pat meat mixture flat onto a 9" X 13" piece of waxed paper. Sprinkle the meat with cheese, mushrooms, bacon, and parsley. Roll, as for a jelly roll, using the waxed paper to help you start to roll. Sealing edge and ends. Rolling the meat is a little tricky, but if there is a break in the meat just smooth over with your fingers. it will still taste great. With a little practice you will be a pro. Use the waxed paper to transfer the meat loaf to a 9" X 13" pan. Place seam side down. Bake at 375 degrees for 30 minutes. Pour off drippings. Spoon remaining ketchup over loaf. At this time I like to garnish the meat loaf with sliced black olives, or onion slices and a sprinkling of parsley. Or you can place bell pepper slices on the meat. Bake for 30 minutes longer. Let cool for a few minutes before slicing. *Ifyou want a really Italian tasting meat loaf use spaghetti sauce.

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