Festive Meat Loaf Pinwheel

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Preparation time: 20 mins
Cooking time: 1-1/4 hours

Difficulty: Easy - for beginners
Serves: 15-20 servings


•3 eggs
•1 cup dry bread crumbs
•1/2 cup finely chopped onion
•1/2 cup finely chopped green pepper
•1/4 cup ketchup
•2 teaspoons minced fresh parsley
•1 teaspoon dried basil
•1 teaspoon dried oregano
•1 garlic clove, minced
•2 teaspoons salt
•1/2 teaspoon pepper
•5 pounds lean ground beef (90% lean)

•3/4 pound thinly sliced deli ham
•3/4 pound thinly sliced Swiss cheese


•1/2 cup finely chopped onion
•2 celery ribs, cut into 1-1/2 inch-julienne strips
•1/2 medium green pepper, cut into 1-1/2-inch julienne strips
•1 garlic clove, minced
•1 to 2 teaspoons olive oil
•2 cups chopped fresh tomatoes
•1 cup beef broth
•1 bay leaf
•1 teaspoon sugar
•1/4 teaspoon salt
•1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
•1 tablespoon cornstarch
•2 tablespoons cold water


•In a large bowl, combine the first 11 ingredients. Crumble beef over mixture and mix well. On a piece of heavy-duty foil, pat beef mixture into a 17-in. x 15-in. rectangle. Cover with ham and cheese slices to within 1/2 in. of edges.
• Roll up tightly jelly-roll style, starting with a short side. Place seam side down in a roasting pan. Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 1-1/4 to 1-1/2 hours or until a meat thermometer reads 160°.
• In a large saucepan, saute the onion, celery, green pepper and garlic in oil for 3-5 minutes or until tender. Add tomatoes, broth, bay leaf, sugar, salt and thyme. Simmer, uncovered, for 30 minutes. Discard bay leaf.
• Combine cornstarch and water until smooth; stir into sauce. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened. Drain meat loaf. Serve with sauce. Yield: 15-20 servings.

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