Recipe of the Month
Joe's Crazy Martian Meatloaf - It's Outta This World!

For the Meatloaf 

  • 2 large eggs -- beaten slightly
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup bread crumbs
  • 1/2 cup onions -- chopped
  • 2 pounds meatloaf mix (beef, pork & veal)
  • 1 teaspoon garlic -- minced
  • 1 teaspoon oregano - dried
  • 1 teaspoon basil leaves - dried
  • 2 tablespoons parsley - dried
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh ground pepper
  • 1/4 pound parmesan cheese -- grated
  • 1/2 pound mozzarella cheese -- grated
  • 2 large eggs -- beaten slightly

For the Sauce

  • 2 cloves garlic -- chopped
  • 1/2 cup onions -- chopped
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 jars marinara sauce - home made or jarred 
  • 1 cup of water if needed

The magic of this recipe is that it is really simple. Use your favorite meatloaf recipe or the one used here.

In a large bowl, combine the eggs, milk, bread crumbs,onions, garlic, oregano, basil, parsley, salt and pepper. Add the meatloaf mixture and combine well. Check the seasoning by heating a small bit in the microwave. Adjust the salt and pepper.

On a piece of heavy-duty aluminum foil, pat beef mixture into a 12x8-inch rectangle. Sprinkle parmesan cheese to within 1 inch of edges. Cover with a layer of shredded mozzarella cheese. Roll up jelly-roll style, starting with long side and peeling foil away while rolling. Using wet hands makes this task easier and helps seal the meat. Place seam side down in a lightly greased cookie sheet pan.

Bake, uncovered, at 350 degrees for 1 hour or a meat thermometer reads 160 degrees.

Let stand for 10 minutes.

Refrigerate overnight or until meat is firm 40 degrees in center.

In a large frying pan saute the onion and garlic in the olive oil until the onions start to soften. Pour in enough sauce to just cover the bottom of the pan. (An electric frying pan works well for this step).

Slice the roll 3/4" thick. Arrange on the bottom of the pan. Cover with the remaining sauce.

Cover and simmer at least an hour or until the cheese starts to ooze and the meat is heated through. If the sauce gets too thick, thin it with some water.

Serve with mashed potatoes and a green vegetable.

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