Ground Beef Roll With Stuffing

Recipe by Zurie
READY IN: 1hr 40mins


  • 800
    g ground beef (2lbs minus 3 oz, but not important)
  • 1
    small onion, finely chopped
  • 3
    garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 15
    ml Worcestershire sauce (1 tablespoon)
  • 2
    ml ground cloves (about 1/3 teaspoon)
  • 100
    ml dried breadcrumbs (about 1/3 cup)
  • 1
    large egg
  • 2
    teaspoons salt (or to taste)
  • 1
    tablespoon dried thyme (or more if fresh)
  • extra seasoning, dried (to your taste, such as garlic-and-herb)
  • 50 -100
    ml milk (about 1/4 - 1/3 cup, see directions)
  • 250
    g bacon, streaky (8 oz, the rather fatty strips)
  • 6 -8
    leaves swiss chard (the large green chard leaves)
  • 1 12
    cups cheddar cheese, grated (or mozzarella or other cheese)


  • Oven: 325 - 350 deg F/ 160 - 180 deg C (fan-assisted ovens need lower heat).
  • In a large pot boil some water. Hold each swiss chard leaf by the stem, and dip into the boiling water to wilt -- about 1 - 2 seconds. Repeat with all the leaves, and lay on kitchen paper to dry.
  • Put the ground beef in a bowl, and add all the ingredients, mixing in well with a fork, EXCEPT the milk, bacon, chard leaves and cheese.
  • When well mixed, add a little milk to obtain a soft but firm texture, firm enough to mold by hand. Judge the quantity yourself.
  • On a square of baking paper pat out the meat mixture to form a neat rectangle, slightly less than 1/2 inch thick -- about 1 cm thick.
  • Cut out the ribs of the chard leaves, and lay the leaves across the meat, folding them if necessary. You will have at least two layers. You can use more leaves if you like, so the green shows up more clearly when sliced.
  • Season very lightly with a seasoning salt, and then strew over the grated cheese. Use more if you like.
  • Using the baking paper roll up the meat carefully from the short end. You should have a neat, firm roll. Cover the roll with the strips of streaky bacon (it does not go underneath). As you work, cover the open "seam" at the side by pressing the bacon strips over it, and tucking them in slightly.
  • With your hands, carefully remove the roll to a suitable oven dish -- with sides, because fat will run out which you could drain off when the roll is done.
  • Oven temperature depends on your oven: I prefer the far-assisted (convection) setting on my oven, which is very hot (or so it seems). So I bake this roll at 160 deg Celsius Bake for about 1 - 1 1/4 hours, until the bacon is golden brown.
  • Drain off fat. The roll should wait a little before you slice it, but keep warm. Serve with side veggies and salad, and gravy if you like.