Try October’s Recipe of the Month

Cheese Stuffed Meat Loaf

(Serves 5 to 6)



2 tablespoons olive oil

3/4 cup finely chopped onion

1/2 cup finely chopped celery

2 teaspoons minced garlic or garlic powder

1/2 cup minced Italian parsley

1 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon pepper

1 3/4 teaspoons chili powder

1 1/4 teaspoons cumin

3/4 cup salsa

2 whole eggs or 4 egg whites

1 1/2 pounds lean ground beef or a mix of lean ground beef and ground turkey breast

3/4 cup bread crumbs

1/4 pound sliced mozzarella cheese



Preheat the oven to 350º.


In a skillet, sauté the onion, celery, garlic, and parsley in the oil over moderate heat until softened but not browned. With a slotted spoon, transfer the vegetables to a large bowl.


Add all remaining ingredients, except cheese, to the vegetables. Mix well with your hands.


Transfer half the mixture to a 9- by 5-inch loaf pan. Place mozzarella slices on top, then cover with the rest of the meat mixture.


Bake for 75 to 80 minutes or until a meat thermometer reads 170º.