Cheesy Meat Loaf
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1 egg, slightly beaten
3/4 cup (1 slice) soft rye bread crumbs
3/4 cup (3 ounces) provolone or mozzarella cheese, shredded
3 tablespoons beer, milk or water
2 tablespoons pesto
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1 pound lean ground beef
Sliced provolone or mozzarella cheese, optional
In a large bowl, combine egg, bread crumbs, cheese and liquid (beer, milk or water). Add pesto, nutmeg and pepper. Add ground beef. Mix well. Form into a loaf and place in an 8x4x3-inch loaf pan. Bake at 350 degrees F. for 45-50 minutes or until meat is done and tests 160 degrees with a meat thermometer.
Remove from oven. Transfer to a platter. If desired, diagonally halve slices of provolone or mozzarella cheese. Place three cheese triangles on top of meat loaf. Let stand for 5 minutes before slicing. Makes 4 servings.