Remember the Beef Pinwheels? Apparently more than one recipe decided to roll green stuff into brown stuff…
1 can (10 3/4 oz.) Campbell’s Tomato Soup
1 1/2 pounds ground beef
1/2 cup fine dry bread crumbs
1/4 cup minced onion
2 tablespoons chopped parsley
1 egg, slighly beaten
1 teaspoon salt
1 package (9 ounces) frozen cut green beans, cooked, well drained
Combine 1/2 cup soup with all ingredients except beans. Mix well. On waxed paper, pat into a 12×9-inch piece. Spread beans to within 1 inch of all edges; pat into meat. With aid of waxed paper, roll meat tightly, jelly-roll fashion, starting at long edge. Seal ends; use waxed paper to transfer to baking dish. Bake at 350˚F. for 40 minutes. Spoon off fat. Pour remaining soup over loaf. Bake 10 minutes longer. Makes 6 servings.
Our ingredients look quite meatloafy, except for those green beans.
Did I forget to put that parsley in the ingredient picture? Whoops.
Meanwhile, the green beans steamed for a few minutes to thaw out. I love easy vegetables like that.
After mixing, Buzz flattened the meat.
Look, it’s a rectangle!
Look, it’s a rectangle covered with green beans!
I assume that the recipe instructs you to “pat” the beans into the meat so they’re less likely to roll around and fall out of your meatroll. Buzz made sure to really PAT them into place.
After all this rolling, we’re probably ready to make an actual jelly roll sometime.
I was amused to see the meatroll is too long for a casserole dish, although it fit on a diagonal instead.
More soup — oh, sorry, sauce — is only added on top when baking is almost finished.
After baking, there was a big puddle of tomato soup and grease in the bottom of the dish. YUM. (not)
Since it looks so bizarre, and I’m not a fan of tomato soup, I didn’t really expect this to work. Oddly, it did work! The kids absolutely loved the result, and it actually gave me some insight into why you might decide to cram vegetables into meatloaf — because your kids will accidentally eat the beans while they’re stuffing their faces with meatloaf. I’m not entirely sure whether Middle Child even noticed there were green beans on his plate… next time I’ll have to put some mushrooms in the filling and see if he notices that!