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Cheesy Meat Loaf Recipe

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4 TBSP extra-virgin olive oil
2 carrots, cut into 1/4" dice
2 celery sticks, cut into 1/4" dice
1 onion, cut into 1/4" dice
1/2 oz dried wild mushrooms, soaked in 1 cup hot water, chopped, soaking liquid reserved
3 garlic cloves, minced
2 1/4 cups fresh bread crumbs
1 TBSP plus 1/4 cup minced fresh flat-leaf parsley
1 oz mozzarella cheese, shredded, plus 6 oz cut into 1/2" cubes
salt and pepper, to taste
2 lbs ground beef (80% lean)
2 eggs, lightly beaten
1/2 tsp minced fresh thyme
mashed potatoes for serving

Preheat oven to 350. Coat bottom of roaster with 1 TBSP oil. In deep saute pan over medium-high heat, warm 2 TBSP oil. Saute carrots, celery and onion 8-10 minutes. Add mushrooms and garlic; saute 1 minute. Cool 10 minutes.

In bowl, combine 1 1/2 cuts bread crumbs and 1/3 cup mushroom soaking liquid; soak 5 minutes. In another bowl, combine 3/4 cup bread crumbs, 1 TBSP parsley, 1 TBSP oil, shredded cheese, salt and pepper.

In large bowl, mix beef, soaked crumbs, vegetable mixture, eggs, 1/4 cup parsley, thyme, cubed cheese, salt and pepper. Transfer to prepared pan; shape into 10" x 5" loaf. Cover top and sides with cheese-bread crumb mixture. Bake until internal temperature registers 165 F, about 1 hour and 10 minutes. Serve with mashed potatoes. Serves 8.

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