Cheesy Meatloaf Surprise is one of the best meatloafs I have ever tasted. Not only is it extremely moist, but the cheesy filling is a little surprise in the middle.
I like to use an 80/20% ground beef blend because I believe it gives the meatloaf more flavor. In addition, I like to bake the meatloaf in a small broiler rack to keep the grease drained off. This is comfort food at its best; and the smell from the oven as it bakes is heavenly. Why not make a Cheesy Meatloaf Surprise today? Over-the-Top Broccoli and Tomato Salad would be the perfect side to serve with this dish.
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Cheesy Meatloaf Surprise:
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- 1 1/4 pound ground beef (80/20% blend)
- 2 pieces bread, torn into small pieces (I Iike to use the heals of the bread)
- 1/2 cup milk
- 1 egg, beaten
- 1/2 cup diced onion
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/8 teaspoon each pepper, dry mustard, garlic salt
- 1 1/2 tablespoons Country Bobs or other steak seasoning
- 1 block of Colby/Monterey Jack cheese
- 1/4 cup ketchup
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Mix all ingredients except the last two by hand until thoroughly combined.
Mound onto the broiler pan in a long loaf shape.
Make an indention down the center for the cheese placement.
Cut off an oblong one inch diameter square of cheese, and place it in the indention.
Form the ground beef around the cheese, and continue to form and shape until the cheese in completely hidden and the meatloaf has good shape and firmness.
Spread the ketchup evenly over the meatloaf.
Bake the meatloaf for one hour.
Cool for about 10 minutes before slicing and serving.
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