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Meat-loaf Spiral


1 tablespoon oil
1 medium onion, finely chopped
1 garlic clove, crushed in press
2 lbs ground meat-loaf mix (see note)
1 cup fresh bread crumbs (2 slices)
2 eggs
3/4 teaspoon dried thyme
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
3 ounces sliced baked ham (about 6 thin slices)
3 ounces sliced provolone cheese (about 6 thin slices)


1. Heat oven to 350 F. In medium skillet, heat oil. Add onion; cook 3 to 4 minutes, until softened. Add garlic; cook 1 minute more.

2. In large bowl, combine onion mixture, ground meat, bread crumbs, eggs, thyme, salt, and pepper. Spread mixture on a sheet of waxed paper into a 10" x 12" rectangle. Lay ham and cheese slices over meat, leaving a 1" border. Roll up from the short side, using waxed paper to help. Make sure ham and cheese are tucked in. Transfer loaf to a jelly-roll pan.

3. Bake 1 hour and 20 minutes, or until a meat thermometer reads 160 F when inserted in the center of the loaf. Cool 5 minutes before slicing with a serrated knife.

Note: Supermarkets often prepackage a mixture of ground beef, veal, and pork under the name "meat-loaf mix."

Makes 8 servings: Nutrition per serving: 386 cal.; 27 g pro.; 28 g fat; 5 g carb.; 520 mg sod.; 157 mg chol.