Comfort Food: Good ‘n Cheesy Meatloaf

I confess, while meatloaf IS the quintessential comfort food, it isn’t something I crave like my son does. When I DO make meatloaf, however, I have TWO go-to recipes that I truly love. The first is a borderline high-brow version of diner meatloaf, made with ground beef, pork and veal, and the secret is “ketchup in and ketchup on”.  The second is the one that most appeals to my kids, because of the half-pound of cubed cheese inside.

It’s not the healthiest of meals, but it is yummy.

I will also confess, that while I can give or take HOT meatloaf, since childhood I have absolutely been in love with cold meatloaf sandwiches, served on hearty bread with plenty of butter and ketchup.

THIS is the recipe that makes for an amazing meatloaf sandwich.

The amounts of cheese it requires are odd, and it really needs to be made with cubed cheese and not shredded. My time and wallet saving trick is to visit your deli counter and ask your friendly deli person to cut you the thickest slice of cheese that his machine can make. I’ve found that mine can cut me a 4-ounce slice if it is from a larger block of cheese!

It has just a few ingredients:

  • 2 lbs lean ground beef
  • 2 eggs
  • 8 TBSP milk
  • 1 tsp beef bullion granules
  • 1-1/4 C plain bread crumbs
  • salt/pepper to taste
  • 4 oz cubed swiss cheese*
  • 4 oz cubed cheddar cheese*
  • 1 medium onion, diced

Take off your rings, and let’s make some meatloaf!

Preheat your oven to 400º and gather your ingredients.

First, cube both cheeses and cut a medium onion into a similarly sized dice.

meatloaf

Place ground beef in a large bowl.   In a separate bowl, add eggs, milk and beef bullion granules beat lightly to combine.  Measure out your plain bread crumbs (you substitute gluten-free breadcrumbs if desired) and add in salt and pepper. I don’t add much because the bullion tends to add enough sodium.

Did I mention it gets messy? It’s best to get everything prepared ahead of time so you can mix and go! Are your rings off?

Pour milk/egg mixture over ground beef and combine well, using hands.

Add bread crumbs to beef mixture, combining well with hands.

Lastly, add cheese and onions to the beef mixture, combining well. With your hands.

(See? I said messy!)

Pour meatloaf mixture into a 9×13 glass baking dish and shape into a rectangle, leaving at least 1″ of space between the edge of the loaf and the sides of the bowl.

meatloaf

NOW you can wash your hands!

Place meatloaf in oven and cook for 55-60 minutes, or until a quick read thermometer reads 160º and cheese is bubbly!

Let meatloaf rest for a few minutes, then transfer onto a serving plate (draining grease from baking dish.) Slice and serve!

meatloaf

We box up leftovers and pop them in the fridge with the anticipation of cold sandwiches the next day.  Because, let’s face it, I make THIS meatloaf for the sole purpose of eating cold meatloaf sandwich leftovers. If you haven’t tried this, DO. I just happen to get a dinner out of it first.

meatloaf

Let me know what you think of my Good ‘N Cheesy Meatloaf! Will you try it?
My 13yo and I cleaned up the leftovers with cold meatloaf sandwiches last week and I’m ready to make one more batch…

 

Good ‘n Cheesy Meatloaf

Good ‘n Cheesy Meatloaf

Ingredients

  • 2 lbs lean ground beef
  • 2 eggs
  • 8 TBSP milk
  • 1 tsp beef bullion granules
  • 1-1/4 C plain bread crumbs
  • salt/pepper to taste
  • 4 oz cubed swiss cheese*
  • 4 oz cubed cheddar cheese*
  • 1 medium onion, diced

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400º.
  2. Cube cheeses and dice medium onion.
  3. Place ground beef in a large bowl.
  4. In a separate bowl, add eggs, milk and beef bullion granules beat lightly to combine.
  5. Add salt/pepper to measuring cup of plain bread crumbs.
  6. (It's best to get everything prepared ahead of time as things get messy quickly!)
  7. Pour milk/egg mixture over ground beef and combine well, using hands.
  8. Add bread crumbs to beef mixture, combining well with hands.
  9. Lastly, add cheese and onions to the beef mixture, combining well.
  10. Pour meatloaf mixture into a 9x13 glass baking dish and shape into a rectangle, leaving at least 1" of space between the edge of the loaf and the sides of the bowl.
  11. Place meatloaf in oven and cook for 55-60 minutes, or until a quick read thermometer reads 160º and cheese is bubbly!.
  12. Let meatloaf rest for a few minutes, then transfer onto a serving plate (draining grease from baking dish.)
  13. Slice to serve!
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