Saturday, April 6, 2013

Stuffed Mozzarella Meatloaf with "Nona's Sauce"

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You know how you like to try various recipes not only to change things up a little bit, but you're ultimately looking for the "perfect" of something? So I said to myself, "self, why don't you incorporate all the flavors you like in a meatloaf into one".  So I did!  This is how this recipe came about my friends.  This one not only fits the bill, well okay, okay, it rocks!  I've been told by all who have eaten it to be true.  Every once in a while I get it right you know...

The meatloaf is chock full of flavor, with a surprise in the middle, you know my fetish with stuffing things.  Then topped with the most luscious sauce ever!  You could drink the sauce, oh wait, that's me!  Dinner will be absolutely amazing... then let's not forget that awesome meatloaf sandwich later, that's the best part, yes?

Ready for the recipe?

Here we go;

Prep time: 25 minutes
Cook time: 65-75 minutes
Yield:  6-8 servings

2lbs ground beef
2 eggs
1 tbsp dried oregano
2 tbsp dried minced onion
1 tsp dried coriander
1/2 tsp dried cumin
1/2 tsp black pepper
2-1/2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce (can anyone really pronounce this)
2 tbsp Ketchup
1/2 cup bread crumbs (I used seasoned)
6 Mozzarella cheese sticks
*I did not use salt in this recipe because the Worcestershire sauce is pretty salty*

Nona's Sauce:
8 oz tomato sauce
2-1/2 tbsp brown sugar
1 tsp apple cider vinegar
1 tsp onion powder
1/4 tsp coriander
1/4 tsp black pepper
Pinch of salt

-Preheat oven to 350F

-In a medium bowl add all your ingredients for your meatloaf.  Mix thoroughly so all ingredients have been incorporated.  

-On a flat surface, place your meatloaf mixture and flatten slightly, you're not making cutouts. *grin*  My only advice is to make sure that the length of your meat mixture will be almost equal to the length of your cheese sticks.  You do not want to have to slice off 3 or 4 pieces of meatloaf to finally find the surprise right?  Ahhhh, see I make sense sometimes.  

-Visually look at your mixture and lay 3 of the cheese sticks on one side.  Lay the other 3 right behind them.

-Take first the bottom (closest to you) beef mixture and bring over the cheese sticks, do the same with the other side (further away from you), and literally cover the cheese sticks.  We're so clever, they'll never know!!

-Smooth out any gaps in the loaf and place gently in a loaf pan, seam side down.

-Taking a knife, press the meat mixture back onto itself and basically straightening it at the same time, all the while making a beautiful little space around the meat loaf, set aside.

-In a small bowl, mix all the ingredients for the Nona sauce.  Adjust for salt if needed.

-Pour the sauce all over the top and now the nicely spaced sides of your meatloaf.

-Bake for 45 minutes uncovered.  After 45 minutes, carefully pull out of the oven and drain the excess juices.  Place back in the oven for another 20-30 minutes or till the sauce has nicely glazed over.

-Let rest for 15-20 minutes so the mozzarella will not ooze out of the meatloaf when sliced and the meat itself will not lose all those beautiful flavors.

-Slice and serve with your favorite side.  For us, with this meatloaf? French fries are the only way!!

I know!!  How simple right?  Did I mention delicious?  Are you hungry yet?

Till next time!!

Dishin with Didi


  1. I think this is a meat loaf recipe my grandkids would actually like!

    1. You can see how easy my friend, and delicious!! Let me know!!

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    1. LOL Daniela, let me know how you and your guests liked it!

  3. OMG!!! Looks so delicious!!! One problem, though ...... I don't think I could wait 15 minutes before cutting it!!!! ;-)

  4. I need a bib...I am drooling here...Oh my sounds great!!

  5. Thank you sweet girl for posting this. Loving the cumin and coriander in the meat mixture (never tried that before) and nona's sauce sounds to die for. Wish I read this before I did my food shopping this morning because it would be in the oven right now. Can't wait to make this and have the leftover sandwiches too.

    1. I love the spices as well Linda dolly, I hope you enjoy!! ♥

    2. I am having guests this weekend and am making your meatloaf along with Melissa's firecracker onion rings and creamed spinach (although veggie is still to be determined). Can't wait, and if I serve small portions, maybe I'll have enough meatloaf left over for sandwiches for me! Hope so, cause there's nothing better than left over meatloaf, especially with Nona's sauce. I will report back. Thanks for the inspiration doll.

    3. I know you will love it Linda. I hope there is enough leftovers too!! ♥ Have to make Melissa's onion rings, I literally drooled when she posted!!

    4. The meatloaf was a yummy tummy success! Loved the cumin and coriander and of course Nona's sauce. Oh and don't let me forget to tell you, I haven't used dehydrated minced onions since I ran out about a year ago and I'm so happy to have them back in my kitchen! And (small portion server that I am) I have enough left over for a sandwich or 2 or 3. Had one for breakfast this morning. Thanks for another great meal doll, keep 'em comin' xxoo

    5. Thank you so much for the review Linda dolly!! I am thrilled you liked it, enjoy those sandwiches!!

  6. Que rico es un pastel muy exquisito me gustan mucho las espeacias,hugs,hugs.

  7. Hi my friend thank you so much for the wishes on my birthday! These loaves used to be very much in fashion here in Greece in the 80's and early 90's. My mom used to make them and we devoured them. I saw this delicious meatloaf and suddenly I crave one myself. It's been so long! Have a great day!

    1. Have a wonderful birthday honey! ♥

  8. This was such a very delish recipe and surely enjoyed every bite.

    1. Thank you so much Jamie for letting me know! So very happy you enjoyed it!!

  9. Worcestershire Sauce (Can anyone really pronounce this?)... I call it "What's This Here Sauce".... Lol. This looks so delicious Didi! ♥ ~ann nicole

    1. LOL, there you go, I like your "name better" Ann Nicole!

  10. I make my meatloaf according to flavor I want to achieve i.e. Italian, Mexican, Greek etc. Italian flavors like a meatball with bread, milk, grated cheese, Mexican with cumin, jalapeno's, sharp cheddars; Greek, ground lamb, feta etc.

  11. I'm hungry now Didi!! What day are you making this? Oh this gives me so many ideas, too!

    1. Yay, just like you give me ideas my Kecia!!