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From outside appearances, this meatloaf may seem like many others you’ve tried.
But, cut into it and you’ll find out what sets it apart. It’s not just the provolone and spinach filling that make it special. The meatloaf mixture that surrounds the filling is a super flavorful mixture of Johnsonville Italian Sausage, ground beef, and some other unexpected items that make it uniquely and deliciously different from your average meatloaf.
I’ve had the pleasure of working with Johnsonville this month for the second time around in my capacity as an Allrecipes Brand Ambassador. This recipe is one of many in a great collection available on Allrecipes.com using all of the different and delicious varieties of Johnsonville sausage. For the meatloaf, we’ll be using the Mild Italian Sausage pictured above. A link to the complete recipe appears at the bottom of this post but stay with me to see how it’s done.
We’ll start by mixing up the meatloaf mixture. Remove the Italian sausage from the casings and combine it with a pound of ground beef and a great mix of other ingredients including diced onion and red bell pepper, defrosted frozen corn, chili powder, Worcestershire sauce, chili sauce, and more.
Half of the mixture goes into a loaf pan that has been coated with non-stick cooking spray. I pressed an indentation into the length of the meatloaf mixture to make room for the filling. Layer several slices of provolone down the center over the indentation.
Top the cheese with some fresh baby spinach.
The remaining meatloaf mixture goes over the top. Smooth it and shape it with your hands to enclose the filling.
Pop it in a 350 degree oven.
After 50 minutes, remove the pan from the oven and carefully drain off as much grease as possible. Pour about 1/4 cup of chili sauce over the top and return the meatloaf to the oven for at least another 20 minutes or until a thermometer placed in the center of the loaf registers 165 degrees.
I love the color of the corn and red bell pepper and that cheese oozing out from the center makes it pretty darn irresistible. Add some mashed potatoes and a veggie on the side for a new twist on a purely old fashioned, comforting family meal.
Visit Allrecipes for the full recipe and complete instructions by clicking on the link below.