Lasagna Stuffed Meatloaf

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This lasagna stuffed meatloaf recipe will be a new dish to add to the family meal planner because it combines two favourite dinners into a single meal. Although this may be different from your original lasagna recipe because it doesn’t contain any noodles, it has everything else you would expect from a good lasagna. Brianne, the author of the Cupcakes and Kale Chips recipe blog, created this meatloaf recipe when she noticed that her classic lasagna was the top searched dish on her website. She figured that stuffing a meatloaf with mixed cheeses like ricotta and mozzarella, and tomato sauce, would produce a tasty dinner that everyone would love, and she was right. This dish is excellent for an everyday family dinner but also looks incredibly sophisticated if wanting to serve as part of a potluck or holiday spread. Whenever or wherever you serve this, everyone will be sure to be asking for it on repeat.

The best lasagna recipes are stuffed to brimming with cheese, meat and sauce, and this meatloaf is no different. Brianne brilliantly stuffs the loaf with an abundance of cheese and sauce so that it spiral through the meat jelly-roll style. This doesn’t sound like a typical technique for stuffing meatloaf, and you may be wondering how it is done, but it is surprisingly easy. Brianne instructs to line a large sheet of wax paper or plastic wrap on a surface and press the meat mixture into a thin rectangle before topping with the filling. That way, you can use the plastic wrap or wax paper to roll the meat over the filling until spiralled inside. Once the loaf is rolled, it is ready to bake until cooked through, and then be topped with tomato sauce and even more cheese. Although this may be a lengthy dinner recipe to make through the week, you can prepare it in advance and set it in the fridge until ready to cook. According to health safety codes, uncooked ground meat can be stored in the refrigerator for one to two days, so you will be able to keep the assembled loaf for that long before baking as well. Just make sure you store any raw meat on the bottom of the refrigerator so that you eliminate the possibility of it contaminating foods stored higher in the fridge. Alternatively, if you purchased previously unfrozen ground beef, you can assemble the meatloaves and freeze until ready to bake.

Ground meat recipes are a good addition to meal lists for large families because ground meat is often more affordable than other cuts of meat and can be stretched further. Brianne incorporates breadcrumbs which helps bulk up the meat mixture so that it feeds more people. If you are gluten-free, though, she also suggests that you can use quick oats or large flake oats instead. Oats are naturally gluten-free, which makes them a great addition to gluten-free recipes. Sometimes oats can be processed in facilities where flour is processed as well, in which case the oats won’t be gluten-free anymore. If you require gluten-free oats, simply look on the package before buying to ensure they are what you need.

Next time you are looking for recipes with ground meat or simply want a new meal idea to add to the weekly meal plans, remember this stuffed meatloaf recipe oozing with mozzarella cheese and topped with tomato sauce. This dish will be sure to become part of a new family tradition. Thank you to Brianne, the author of the Cupcakes and Kale Chips recipe blog, for sharing her lasagna stuffed meatloaf recipe with us.

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