Friday, June 14, 2024

Mom Never Made This Meatloaf

You probably already know I love my mom. Out of great love for her, I never cooked a Braciole for her. However, after thinking about it, I have decided she might like it especially if I included some cornbread, purple hull peas, and creamed sweet corn.

I'll start this post with a quote from the Good Book:

"Man cannot (always) live by plain old meatloaf alone. Sometimes he must roll it."

No, that's not from the Bible. This one comes from the fictional cookbook "The Bible of PolyBear Italian Cooking" by world-renowned, make-believe Chef ZeroBear PolyBear. 

Sorry. The Bear needs to pull his sweater down a bit more to cover his privates up a little better!

Here is how ZeroBear makes his version of Italian Braciole (Stuffed meatloaf)

Braciole - Stuffed Meatloaf


1 pound ground beef
12 ounces Italian Sausage
20 slices (+-) Pepperoni 
1/2 cup oatmeal
1 egg
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 small onion, minced
4 Tablespoons green bell pepper, diced
1 cup fresh spinach, chopped
1/2 cup diced carrot
1 cup Mozzarella or Provolone cheese
1 cup Parmesan cheese, shredded
1 Jar Marinara Sauce


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

Mix the ground beef, Italian Sausage, oatmeal, egg, garlic, onion, green bell pepper, carrot, salt, and pepper together in a suitable mixing bowl.

Line a quarter sheet pan with parchment paper. If you crumple the parchment paper, it will be easier to fit into the pan and trim to size.

Spread out the meatloaf mix on the sheet pan and flatten it to a 12 X 8 inch rectangle. This one was between 1/4 and 1/2 inch thick.

Cover with a thin layer of Marinara sauce. 

Layer the Mozzarella, Pepperoni, and Parmesan on top of the sauce covered meatloaf layer. Note - I intended to also place a layer of spinach but forgot it. The taste of the spinach is great. It adds a lot to the dish, and I would recommend using it in the roll. I should have layered it between the Mozzarella and Pepperoni.

Using the parchment to help. Roll the meat working across from the shorter side to form the roll. Remove the parchment paper as you roll. It is there only to help and should not be a part of the roll. 

Note: At one time the Tupperware Corp. showed a photo of a roasted turkey in a big Tupperware storage container they sold from their party catalogue. Someone attempted to roast their turkey in the plastic bin and sued Tupperware when it melted in their oven. Because of things like this, the bear has insisted I improve my directions to you guys, and I am trying to make them as clear as possible. Do not wrap the parchment paper into the roll!

Tuck the ends in a little, place the roll, seam side down on rack in the foil lined quarter size baking pan, and bake, uncovered, at 350 degrees to an internal temperature of 160 degrees F. This will take approximately 30-40 minutes and the internal temperature should be measured with a thermometer probe.

When the roll is to 150 or 155F temperature, coat the top with marinara sauce.

Cook another 15 minutes to set the sauce. By then, the internal should be at 160 F. When the internal temp is good, remove and allow it to cool for 15 minutes.

Slice into 1 inch thick pieces and top with heated marinara sauce.

Serve with a vegetable. We had enough in this roll for three nice meals (6 servings).

Day one, served with creamed spinach.

Day two, served with carrots and broccoli. I love poker chip carrots steamed until tender, with butter.

Day three, served with country vegetables (purple hull peas, creamed sweet corn, and buttered cornbread, minus sauce topping.

Thanks for looking at my post.
God Bless You.


Anonymous said...

That sounds great! Can’t wait to try!

Anonymous said...

I've stuffed and rolled turkey breasts, pork, lamb and beef loins, but never ground beef. I'm definitely going to try this. Thanks, Chef Bear!

LoMo said...

You should video the preparation of dishes like these and post them on YouTube - I bet you'd get a bunch of views!

Anonymous said...

That looks amazing! I would also like the recipe to the creamed spinach. I apologize if I have missed it in a previous post!

Anonymous said...

Kingish is there any way to keep all of the post by polybear in a tab on the side of your main page? I really like his posts and would love to revisit some older recipes he wrote. Unfortunately they are not all available by simply searching his name on your site.

Stuff About ZeroBear PolyBear said...

12:25 PM

There are several search words that will link to some/most of the 61 recipe posts I have made thus far.

There is a search function at the top of the page. Go to it and search for "God Bless You" - Be sure to use the quote marks. Then click on the Sort by Date option. It will bring up maybe 20 posts, but at the bottom iis an option to show more. Click on it and the next batch will come up. Then the same when you have scrolled through all of those.

Another search option would be "Thanks for looking".

Honk for the Mayor! said...

You da man, ZBPB! Keep 'em comin'!

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