Beef Mozzarella Roll is definitely not your Mama’s meatloaf. This unusual beef and sausage roll is stuffed with mushrooms, sweet onions, and mozzarella cheese. Do not let the detailed instructions sway you. This is quite easy to make and a delightful change from traditional meatloaf.
Beef Mozzarella Roll Recipe
1 Tablespoon butter or olive oil
8 ounces mushrooms, brushed clean and chopped
1/4 cup minced sweet onion
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 cup sweet red wine
1 can (6 ounces) tomato paste, divided use
1 pound ground beef (80/20 chuck recommended)
1/2 pound bulk ground pork breakfast sausage (sage or Italian seasoned is nice)
1/2 cup Italian-style bread crumbs
1/8 cup minced fresh basil
1/8 cup minced fresh oregano
1 egg, lightly beaten
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon fresh-ground black pepper
1-1/2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese (or Italian blend), divided use
Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add butter or olive oil and swirl to coat the pan. Add mushrooms and sweet onions. Gently saute until onion is translucent and mushrooms release their liquid, about 3 minutes. Add garlic and wine. Simmer until liquid has evaporated. Remove from heat and stir in half of the tomato paste. Set aside to cool to room temperature.
Preheat oven to 375 F.
Combine ground beef, ground sausage, bread crumbs, basil, oregano, egg, half of the mushroom mixture, salt, and pepper just until combined. Do not overmix.
Place the mixture on a large sheet of waxed paper or parchment and press into a 14 x 10-inch rectangle. Distribute the remaining mushroom mixture evenly over the ground beef, leaving a 1 inch margin from the edges. Sprinkle with 1 cup of the mozzarella cheese.
Use the paper to help roll the the meat from the short side into a loaf, like a jelly roll. Place in a 13 x 9 x 2-inch baking dish, seam-side down.
Bake for 45 minutes. Remove from oven and spread evenly with remaining tomato paste, then sprinkle with the remaining 1/2 cup cheese. Return to oven and bake an additional 15 minutes.
Remove from oven and let rest for 15 minutes before slicing to serve.
Yield: 6 to 8 servings
Beef Mozzarella Roll Recipe Photo ©2018 Peggy Filippone