Why does my meatloaf fall apart?
There can be many reasons why your meatloaf falls apart. The most common reason is that your meatloaf doesn’t have enough binding agents. To help your meatloaf stay together add things in like eggs and bread crumbs because they are key ingredients that bind meat and help the loaf stick together. Another reason why your meatloaf may be falling apart is that it is overcooked.
Do I have to use mozzarella? Can I make stuffed meatloaf with other types of cheese?
Fresh mozzarella cheese produces an amazing melted cheese center for cheese stuffed meatloaf. You can also use bricks of mozzarella cheese, or even shredded, but be warned that they don’t melt as well as the fresh mozzarella cheese balls do. In addition to mozzarella, you can also experiment with other types of cheese. Cheddar is always a classic choice, but feel free to be more adventurous with cheeses like pepper jack, provolone, havarti, gouda, and more!
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Is it okay if my meatloaf is a little pink?
Don’t be fooled into over cooking your meatloaf just because there is a small pink spot. The color of your meatloaf will not tell you if it is done or if it is safe to eat. To tell if your meatloaf is fully cooked and safe to eat you need to take its internal temperature. For ground beef to be safe and fully cooked, it needs to reach an internal minimum temperature of 160 Fahrenheit. If your meatloaf is just a little pink but is 160 Fahrenheit, you are ready to eat.
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Mozzarella Stuffed Meatloaf
- 1 1/2 pounds lean ground beef
- 1 cup bread crumbs
- 1 teaspoon dried basil
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1 teaspoon dried parsley
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
- 1/2 cup milk
- 2 tablespoons worcestershire sauce
- 8 ounces fresh mozzarella sliced
- 1 cup ketchup
- 1/4 cup brown sugar tightly packed
- 1 tablespoon worcestershire sauce
- 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
- 2 cloves garlic crushed
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
- pinch cayenne pepper
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease a glass baking pan (9x13) with nonstick cooking spray.
- In a large mixing bowl combine ground beef, bread crumbs, basil, oregano, parsley, salt, pepper, milk, and worcestershire sauce. Knead until combined.
- Divide meat in half. Shape one half of the meat into the bottom half of the loaf and place in prepared pan. Place mozzarella slices down the center, leaving 1/2 inch around the ends and sides. Shape remaining half of meat as the top half of the loaf, sealing the edges. This is a free-form loaf so it doesn't need to be perfect.
- In a small mixing bowl whisk together ketchup, brown sugar, worcestershire sauce, red wine vinegar, garlic, salt, and cayenne pepper. Pour half of this mixture over the meatloaf, reserving the remaining half for later.
- Bake in the preheated oven for 45 minutes.
- After 45 minutes, remove from oven and pour the remaining sauce over the loaf. Increase temperature to 400 degrees and bake for an additional 15 minutes.
- Let rest 5 to 10 minutes before serving.
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