I have a meat loaf recipe Bee, that I've been making for years and my handsome sweet hubby asks for it and now that we have kids my kids LOVE it but it's a funky one. There are others on our board (I remember others saying) who have great meat loaf so maybe they'll come along and post their recipe cauz this one, well, it's pretty polar. Love or hate relationship I say. You'll see.
The original recipe is from the red and white checkered Betty Crocker's cookbook, but I added one ingredient. Betchu can guess.
1 package frozen chopped broccoli or leaf spinach
2 pounds hamburger (now I use half lean beef, half turkey)
2 eggs or substitute
3/4 cup soft bread crumbs (about 1 slice bread)
1/2 cup smashed cheez-its
1/4 cup catsup (or salsa) depends on mood
1/4 cup milk
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp salt, 1/4 tsp pepper
1/4 tsp dried oregano
1 tsp salt
1 pkg smoked sliced ham
3 slices mozzarella cheese cut diagonally in half for garnish (see, here's where you can tell it's the old 1960's edition......)
Rinse broccoli under running cold water to separate, drain. Mix hamburger, eggs, bread crumbs, smashed cheez-its, catsup, milk, 1/2 tsp salt, pepper, and oregano. Pat hamburger mixture into rectangle, 12x10", on larger piece of wax paper. Arrange broccoli on hamb. mixture almost to edge, sprinkle with salt. Arrange ham on top of broccoli. Roll up rectangle carefully beginning at long side using wax paper to lift. Press edges and ends of roll to seal.
Place on rack in shallow roasting pan. Cook uncovered in 350* oven 1 1/4 hours. Overlap triangles of cheese on top and cook just until cheese begins to melt, about a minute longer. Garnish with celery leaves if desired. (Again, old oooooold cookbook.)
8 servings. (At our house it's 4 or 5 servings.)
The ham makes the center of the meat loaf roll slightly pink sometimes.