Philly Cheesesteak Meatloaf

For the Meatloaf:

1 1/2 pounds ground beef
1/2 pound ground pork
1 cup breadcrumbs
1/2 cup whole milk
1 large egg
1 medium onion, finely chopped
1 green bell pepper, finely chopped
1 red bell pepper, finely chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon dried thyme
8 ounces provolone cheese, sliced
For the Topping:

1/2 cup ketchup
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1 tablespoon yellow mustard

Step 1: Prepare the Vegetables
Sauté Vegetables: In a large skillet, heat a little oil over medium heat. Add the chopped onion, green bell pepper, and red bell pepper. Sauté until the vegetables are soft, about 5-7 minutes. Add the minced garlic and cook for another minute. Remove from heat and let cool slightly.
Step 2: Prepare the Meatloaf Mixture
Soak Breadcrumbs: In a large mixing bowl, combine the breadcrumbs and milk. Let sit for a few minutes until the breadcrumbs absorb the milk.
Combine Ingredients: Add the ground beef, ground pork, egg, sautéed vegetables, Worcestershire sauce, salt, pepper, oregano, and thyme to the breadcrumb mixture. Mix well until all ingredients are evenly incorporated.

Step 3: Assemble the Meatloaf
Form the Meatloaf: On a piece of parchment paper or aluminum foil, shape half of the meat mixture into a loaf shape. Create a shallow indentation down the middle of the loaf.
Add Cheese: Layer half of the provolone cheese slices into the indentation. Place the remaining meat mixture on top and shape it into a loaf, sealing the edges to enclose the cheese.
Transfer to Baking Sheet: Carefully transfer the meatloaf to a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or lightly greased.

Step 4: Prepare the Topping
Mix Topping Ingredients: In a small bowl, combine the ketchup, brown sugar, and yellow mustard. Mix well.
Top the Meatloaf: Spread the ketchup mixture evenly over the top of the meatloaf.
Step 5: Bake
Bake: Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C). Bake the meatloaf for about 1 hour, or until the internal temperature reaches 160°F (70°C).
Add Remaining Cheese: During the last 10 minutes of baking, place the remaining provolone cheese slices on top of the meatloaf. Return to the oven and bake until the cheese is melted and bubbly.

Step 6: Serve
Rest: Let the meatloaf rest for about 10 minutes before slicing. This helps it hold together better.
Slice and Serve: Slice the meatloaf and serve hot. Pair it with mashed potatoes, a fresh salad, or your favorite side dishes.
Tips for Perfect Philly Cheesesteak Meatloaf:
Meat Choice: The combination of ground beef and pork adds flavor and moisture. You can also use ground turkey or chicken if preferred.
Cheese Variations: While provolone is traditional, you can also use other cheeses like mozzarella, American, or even cheddar.
Vegetable Prep: Ensure the sautéed vegetables are cooled before adding them to the meat mixture to prevent curdling the egg.
Leftovers: Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Reheat in the oven or microwave until warmed through.
Enjoy this hearty and flavorful Philly cheesesteak meatloaf as a comforting dinner that brings a taste of the classic sandwich to your table!

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