There is a version of meatloaf in many countries throughout the world. What unites them all is the usage of ground meat in addition to using eggs and bread crumbs as a binder. It is a meal that does not include a lot of difficult steps, perfect for the beginner in the kitchen. What makes stuffed meatloaf the ultimate comfort food is that it combines the comfort we long for in meatloaf with our love for things that are cheesy. And I love a cheesy meal!
When making meatloaf, I usually use 85% lean/15% fat or 90% lean/10% fat ground beef. When I want to add varying flavor, I will mix equal parts of ground sirloin (90/10) with ground pork. While chopped fresh seasonings add moisture, ground pork adds the juiciness. You can also combine ground beef and ground veal together. That combination also packs a powerful flavor punch.
As you make this meatloaf, I hope that you are flooded with wonderful memories of the past and those you have yet to create.
For the Meatloaf
- Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
- Combine all of the ingredients together in a mixing bowl with the exception of the shredded cheddar cheese.
- Form the meat mixture into the shape of the 9” x 5” loaf pan and place in the pan.
- Make a horizontal well down the center of the meatloaf with your hand, wide enough to add the shredded cheese. Place the cheese in the middle of the meatloaf and seal the opening with the meat mixture so that no cheese is exposed.
- Place in the oven and bake for 40 minutes.
For the Sauce
- While the meatloaf is baking, mix the ingredients for the sauce in a small bowl.
- After 40 minutes, take the meatloaf out of the oven and spoon the sauce to cover the top of the meatloaf. Place the meatloaf back in the oven to continue cooking for 10 additional minutes.
- Remove the meatloaf from the oven and allow it to rest for 10 minutes before slicing and serving.
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