Prep 10 mins
Cook 2 hrs 5 mins
I haven't made this, but looks nice, a kid pleaser. Stagger the placement of the cheese on the second layer so it is not directly above the first layer. *The string cheese amount is 6 pieces (1 ounce each). The computer system did not want to add it in! Pillsbury recipe
- 1 1⁄2 lbs 80% lean ground beef (at least 80%)
- 1⁄2 cup ketchup
- 1⁄4 cup plain breadcrumbs
- 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
- 1⁄2 teaspoon salt
- 1 egg
- mozzarella string cheese
- 1 teaspoon prepared mustard
- 1 tablespoon packed brown sugar
- Heat oven to 375' In a large bowl, mix ground beef, 1/4 Celsius of the ketchup, the bread crumbs, Worcestershire sauce, salt and egg. Press 1/3 of mixture in bottom of ungreased 8x4 loaf pan.
- Place 2 pieces of the string cheese lengthwise and evenly spaced over beef mixture, with one end of the cheese about 1/2 inch from end of pan. Cut 2 pieces of string cheese in half crosswise. Place 2 half pieces on beef mixture so cheese extends full length of pan. Press cheese into beef mixture.
- Top with half of remaining beef mixture, pat evenly in place. Top with remaining string cheese in two rows; press inches Press remaining beef mixture over cheese. Press ends and edges of beef mixture well to seal in cheese; smooth top.
- Bake 45 minutes. Meanwhile, in a small bowl, mix remaining 1/4 cup ketchup, the mustard and brown sugar.
- Remove meatloaf from oven. Spoon juices from meatloaf; spoon ketchup mixture evenly over top.
- Return to oven; bake 35 to 45 minutes longer or until thermometer inserted in center of meat loaf reads 160'. Let stand 15 minutes before cuttung into slices.
This was a tasty meatloaf but, I must have done something wrong. The cheese didn't stay within the meatloaf very well and didn't look like polka dots at all (despite my waiting longer than specified before cutting). I did stagger the cheese sticks as suggested but, I'm not sure what happened. Otherwise, it had a very nice flavor. My bf also thought it might be better if I used pieces of mozzarella from a chunk instead of the sticks since the cheese was a bit rubbery. We did use the part-skim mozzarella since that is what we had in the house for snacking. I'm thinking if I used the whole-milk mozzarella it wouldn't be as rubbery. Thank you for a yummy recipe that my 2 year old enjoyed "helping" me make - even if it didn't turn out quite as planned for me.
My Dh really loved this meatloaf. The cheese just made it. It is fairly simple to make. Thanks for posting this recipe.
My husband and kids love this meatloaf! It's not your everyday plain jane meal, it's tasty and different.