Pat the meat mixture into a rectangle and
sprinkle with cheese cubes.
Gently press cubes into meat.
makes for much easier cleaning!
why you need the foil!
My son, Logan, loves Matty's Mom's Meatloaf at Ajax Diner in Oxford, MS. He was out-of-town a few days last week, and I cooked a little welcome home supper for him on Saturday night. He got to choose the menu! He wanted me to try to make Matty's Mom's Meatloaf. For sides, he requested Basic Mac and Cheese, corn, and crescent rolls brushed with Herbed Butter. Good comfort food!
We all thought I got pretty close to copying the taste of Ajax's meatloaf! Logan says Ajax cuts their cheese in larger chunks. I'm not going to argue with him. He's eaten enough Matty's Mom's Meatloaf, that he certainly should know!
Logan's Mom's Italian Meatloaf
2 pounds ground chuck
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
2 -3 cloves minced garlic
2 eggs, lightly beaten
1 can (14.5 ounces) Italian-style stewed tomatoes, drained
1 (16-ounce) jar pizza sauce, divided
1 cup Italian bread crumbs
2 cups mozzarella, cut into cubes
1 cup pizza sauce
1 teaspoon sugar (optional)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Cover a cookie sheet with foil. Coat foil with cooking spray.
Gently combine all meatloaf ingredients, reserving 1 cup of the pizza sauce.
Shape into a 10 x 12 inch rectangle on waxed paper.
Sprinkle with cheese. Gently press cubes into the meat mixture.
Roll up and press ends to seal, like a jelly roll.
Place in pan and bake for about 1 hour.
Combine remaining cup of pizza sauce and sugar, if using.
Spread sauce over top of meatloaf and bake for an additional 15 minutes.
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