This spinach and cheese stuffed meatloaf is absolutely delicious, nourishing and easy to make. It’s the perfect choice for lunch or for dinner.
The spinach and cheese stuffed meatloaf goes perfectly with potatoes, with rice or with salad. You can also serve it as an appetizer or use it to prepare delicious sandwiches.
I used frozen spinach to prepare this recipe because it’s easier. You can also use fresh spinach. No matter what spinach you are going to use, you have to cook it first and drain it very well.
If you want a crispy crust, you may coat the meatloaf with breadcrumbs (see the video)
For baking the meatloaf I used a 30/11.5 cm loaf pan.
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Ingredients for spinach and cheese stuffed meatloaf:
1 kg (2.20 lbs) minced meat (beef, pork, chicken or turkey)
4-5 garlic cloves
1 bunch fresh parsley
½ teaspoon dried thyme
1 teaspoon ground cumin
salt and pepper to taste
500 gr (1.1 lbs) frozen spinach
100 gr (3.52 oz) cheese
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
2-3 garlic cloves
salt and pepper to taste
You also need a small cube of butter and breadcrumbs for the tray.
Optional: about 1 cup breadcrumbs to coat the meatloaf
How to make the spinach and cheese stuffed meatloaf
First, you have to cook the spinach.
Place the frozen spinach into a heatproof pan. Don’t add water. Place the pan over medium heat and cook until the spinach is completely melted. Drain the spinach and set aside.
Finely chop the onions and place it into a skillet with 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the onions turns glossy.
Add the drained spinach and the crushed garlic and continue to cook for a few minutes.
Remove from heat and allow to cool.
Now prepare the meat.
Use a large bowl to mix together minced meat, crushed garlic and chopped parsley. Season with salt, pepper, ground cumin and dried thyme. Mix very well with your hand or with a spoon.
Place the meat mixture between 2 plastic wraps. Use a roller pin to roll the meat into a rectangle.
Remove the plastic foil from above. Spread the spinach over the meat, leaving the edges clean. Sprinkle grated cheese.
Tightly roll the meat into the plastic wrap, like a salami.
Butter the tray and sprinkle breadcrumbs. Lay the tray on one side. Remove the plastic wrap and gently push the meatloaf into the baking tray.
Place the spinach and cheese stuffed meatloaf into the preheated oven. Bake at 190ºC for 50 minutes.
Serve warm with your favorite garnish or cold, as an appetizer.