Pizza-Stuffed Meatloaf

 

1 1/2 lbs. ground meat (beef, turkey, or a combination of the two)

1 1/2 cup quick oats or breadcrumbs

1 egg

1 cup pizza sauce

2 t. each salt, Italian seasoning and garlic powder

2 t. Extra-virgin olive oil

1/2 green pepper, diced

1/2 onion, diced

1/2 lb. mushrooms, sliced

12 – 15 slices pepperoni

1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese

 

Directions (1 hr bake time):

1. Combine the ground meat, oats or bread crumbs, egg, pizza sauce and seasonings.

2. In a small skillet, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the green pepper, onion and mushrooms. Cook until mushrooms are brown, about 5 minutes.

3. Press half of the meatloaf into the bottom of a loaf pan.

4. Spread the cooked veggies on top of that. (If you don’t like this combination of veggies, you can use any of your other favorite pizza toppings.)

5. Layer the pepperoni on top of the veggies.

6. Add 1/2 c. mozzarella on top of the pepperoni.

7. Press the remaining 1/2 of the meatloaf mixture into the pan.

8. Sprinkle with the remaining mozzarella cheese. Cover with aluminum foil. (At this point, you can put the meatloaf in the refrigerator until an hour before dinner or just bake and eat.)

9. Bake, covered, at 350 degrees for 1 hour, or until meat is fully cooked.

10. Let meatloaf rest at least 5 minutes before cutting.

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