Here's what's in it:
1/2 cup tomato juice
3/4 teaspoon dried oregano
2 garlic cloves, minced
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
2 pounds ground beef
3/4 cup soft bread crumbs
2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley
8 thin slices of fully cooked ham
1 1/2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
3 thin slices mozzarella cheese
(Sorry the picture is dark, I accidentally deleted the good one)
Directions for this yummy recipe:
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees and grease a baking sheet. Take your sliced cheese and cut it diagonally and set aside for later.
In a large bowl, combine the eggs, tomato juice, oregano, garlic, salt and pepper.
Add the beef, bread crumbs and parsley; mix well. You can use your hands, but a wooden spoon worked just as well in this recipe.
On a piece of heavy-duty foil, pat the meat mixture into a 12 inch X 10 inch rectangle.
Place the ham and shredded cheese on the loaf to within 1/2 inch of the edges.
Next, roll it up jelly-roll style. Begin with the short end (10 inch side) and roll the the other, peeling the foil away as you go.
Place on a greased baking pan with the seam side down. I line mine with foil first to reduce some clean up.
Seal the ends.
Bake uncovered for 1 hour and 10 minutes. Remove and top with the sliced cheese.
Bake for 5 minutes longer or until cheese is melted. Watch it or it will turn out like mine!
This is what it looks like when you slice it open.
I made garlic and herb mashed potatoes and sauteed zucchini and onions to complete the meal.
The recipe says it yields 8 servings and it does. It was SO good and the leftovers were delicious as well. I would give this a 5-6 rating of ease. The construction of this loaf can be difficult if you don't know how to do a jelly-roll, other than that it's pretty simple. Next time I make this, I will probably flatten the meat mixture out thinner. I think it might make it easier to roll.
So the next time you have the in-laws over for dinner and want to impress them, use this recipe. It's sure to impress and please.