Florentine Beef Pinwheel
Meatloaf is not just one of the classic comfort foods, it can also play the 'roll' of dinner party food—like this elegant spinach stuffed meatloaf.
1 1/2 pounds lean ground beef
3/4 cup soft bread crumbs
1 large egg
1 1/4 teaspoons salt - divided use
1/8 teaspoon black ground pepper
1 (10-ounce) package frozen chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed dry
3/4 cup shredded mozzarella cheese - divided use
3 tablespoons freshly grated Parmesan cheese
1 teaspoon dried Italian seasoning
1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
3 tablespoons tomato ketchup
- Preheat oven to 350°F (175°C).
- Combine ground beef; bread crumbs, egg 1 teaspoon of the salt and the pepper; mixing lightly but thoroughly. Combine spinach, 1/2 cup of the mozzarella cheese, the Parmesan cheese, Italian seasoning, remaining 1/4 teaspoon and the garlic powder. Place beef mixture on waxed paper and pat into 14 x 10-inch rectangle. Spread spinach mixture over beef to 3/4-inch of edge on all sides. Roll up, jelly-roll fashion, starting at short end. Press beef mixture over spinach filling at both ends to seal. Place loaf, seam side down, on rack in open roasting pan.
- Bake for 1 hour. Spread ketchup over loaf; continue baking 15 minutes. Sprinkle remaining 1/4 cup mozzarella cheese over loaf. Sprinkle with additional Italian seasoning, if desired.
Makes 6 servings.
Recipe provided courtesy of Beef Industry Council.