Polka Dot Meat Loaf

String cheese is the secret ingredient in this flavorful meat loaf that's ready to bake in 10 short minutes.

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  • prep time 10 min
  • total time 1 hr 55 min
  • ingredients 9
  • servings 6
 

Ingredients

1 1/2
lb lean (at least 80%) ground beef
1/2
cup ketchup
1/4
cup Progresso™ plain bread crumbs
2
tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
1/2
teaspoon salt
1
egg
6
sticks (1 oz each) string cheese
1
teaspoon prepared yellow mustard
1
tablespoon packed brown sugar

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  • 1 Heat oven to 375°F. In large bowl, mix ground beef, 1/4 cup of the ketchup, the bread crumbs, Worcestershire sauce, salt and egg. Press 1/3 of mixture in bottom of ungreased 8x4-inch loaf pan.
  • 2 Place 2 pieces of the string cheese lengthwise and evenly spaced over beef mixture, with one end of the cheese about 1/2 inch from one end of pan. Cut 2 pieces of string cheese in half crosswise. Place 2 half pieces on beef mixture so cheese extends full length of pan. Press cheese into beef mixture.
  • 3 Top with half of remaining beef mixture; pat evenly in place. Top with remaining string cheese in 2 rows; press in. Press remaining beef mixture over cheese. Press ends and edges of beef mixture well to seal in cheese; smooth top.
  • 4 Bake 45 minutes. Meanwhile, in small bowl, mix remaining 1/4 cup ketchup, the mustard and brown sugar.
  • 5 Remove meat loaf from oven. Spoon juices from meat loaf; spoon ketchup mixture evenly over top.
  • 6 Return to oven; bake 30 to 45 minutes longer or until thermometer inserted in center of meat loaf reads 160°F. Let stand 15 minutes before cutting into slices.
  • 1 Heat oven to 375°F. In large bowl, mix ground beef, 1/4 cup of the ketchup, the bread crumbs, Worcestershire sauce, salt and egg. Press 1/3 of mixture in bottom of ungreased 8x4-inch loaf pan.
  • 2 Place 2 pieces of the string cheese lengthwise and evenly spaced over beef mixture, with one end of the cheese about 1/2 inch from one end of pan. Cut 2 pieces of string cheese in half crosswise. Place 2 half pieces on beef mixture so cheese extends full length of pan. Press cheese into beef mixture.
  • 3 Top with half of remaining beef mixture; pat evenly in place. Top with remaining string cheese in 2 rows; press in. Press remaining beef mixture over cheese. Press ends and edges of beef mixture well to seal in cheese; smooth top.
  • 4 Bake 45 minutes. Meanwhile, in small bowl, mix remaining 1/4 cup ketchup, the mustard and brown sugar.
  • 5 Remove meat loaf from oven. Spoon juices from meat loaf; spoon ketchup mixture evenly over top.
  • 6 Return to oven; bake 30 to 45 minutes longer or until thermometer inserted in center of meat loaf reads 160°F. Let stand 15 minutes before cutting into slices.

EXPERT TIPS

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Expert Tips

Stagger the placement of the cheese on the second layer so it is not directly above the first layer. Press ends and edges of beef mixture well to seal in the cheese.

Nutritional information

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Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
340
(
Calories from Fat
180),
% Daily Value
Total Fat
20g
20%
(Saturated Fat
9g,
9%
Trans Fat
1g
1%
),
Cholesterol
120mg
120%;
Sodium
750mg
750%;
Total Carbohydrate
13g
13%
(Dietary Fiber
0g
0%
  Sugars
8g
8%
),
Protein
29g
29%
;
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
10%;
Vitamin C
4%;
Calcium
25%;
Iron
15%;
Exchanges:
0 Starch; 0 Fruit; 1 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 0 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choices:
1
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.