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Italian Meatloaf

Course Beef, Main Course

Ingredients

  • 1 lb ground beef leaner is better
  • 1 4 oz can mushrooms reserve juice
  • 1/2 cup dry bread crumbs
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 4 center cut bacon strips
  • 1 tsp dried parsley
  • 1/2 tsp oregano
  • 1/2 tsp basil
  • 1/2 tsp thyme
  • 2 tbsp dry bread crumbs
  • 1/2 onion finely chopped
  • 1 cup mozzarella cheese
  • 1 8 ounce can tomato sauce

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.  Add water to mushroom juice to make 1 cup.  Fry bacon until crispy, drain and crumble.  Set aside.
  2. Combine beef, 1/2 cup breadcrumbs, egg, mushroom juice, garlic powder and salt in a large bowl.  Mix well.  On wax paper, form meat mixture into a 8x12 inch rectangle.
  3. Sprinkle meat with parsley, oregano, basil, thyme and 2 tablespoons of breadcrumbs.  Spread bacon, onion, mushrooms and cheese evenly over meat.
  4. Roll meat into an 8 inch wide loaf.  Place meatloaf into an 8 inch glass bread pan or glass baking dish.
  5. Bake for 60 minutes.  Pour tomato sauce over meatloaf, and cook for an additional 15 minutes.
  6. Let meatloaf sit for 5 minutes before slicing and serving.