April 16, 2012

Stuffed Meatloaf with Sweet Potatoes

AWESOME! This is the only word to describe this recipe...

STUFFED MEATLOAF WITH SWEET POTATOES
(10 to 12 servings / 2 hours) / Click here to see this recipe in Portuguese

Ingredients
Meatloaf
2 pounds ground beef (I recommend low fat ground sirloin)
1 package onion soup mix
2 eggs
3 minced garlic cloves
1 onion, finely chopped
½ cup chopped parsley
salt and pepper to taste

Stuffing
2 seedless tomatoes, chopped
1 onion, chopped
1 large carrot, grated
salt and pepper to taste
cream cheese (or grated mozzarella)

Other Ingredients
12-15 bacon slices
5 sweet potatoes cut into 4 (pre-steamed)
3 onions, cut into thick slices
olive oil

Directions
Stuffing
1 – In a bowl, mix tomatoes, onion, carrot, salt and pepper. Set aside.

Meatloaf
1 – In another bowl, mix all ingredients for the meatloaf.
2 – Using your hands, open the mixture on food plastic film (this will facilitate the rolling process).
3 – Spread the filling and the cheese.
4 – Wrap meatloaf (like a Swiss roll) and add bacon slices on top.
5 – In baking sheet, sprinkle a olive oil (about 1 tbs.) and add a layer of sliced onions.
6 – Place the meatloaf on top.
7 – On the sides, add the remaining onions and sweet potatoes.
8 – Bake (at 400°F) for about 30 minutes, until bacon is well browned.


Tips

  • The stuffing should be well dried to not hold water while rolling and baking. Therefore, use seedless tomatoes.
  • If necessary, close the meatloaf ends with barbecue sticks or toothpicks. Remember to remove them before serving.
  • Green salad and white rice are good side dishes for this recipe.
  • Onion soup mix and bacon have are very salty. Be careful when adding more.


*this recipe was created by Maria Pereira, my mother, and photographed by my brother, Paulo Bom.

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