I found this recipe in an international meat cookbook published in 1967. I’ve discovered that starchy food and I don’t get along but I sure miss my pizzas!
This beef roll has all of the flavor of my favorite pizzas without all of the after effects. It hits the spot for dinner and it pretty darn good as a cold lunch, too!
No need to get fancy with this recipe. I just used packaged uncured ham and packaged mozzarella cheese from Trader Joe’s.
Polpettone alla Siciliana
(Sicilian Beef Roll)
1 1/2 pounds ground beef
1/2 cup tomato juice
2 eggs, beaten
1/2 cup soft bread crumbs
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/4 teaspoon oregano
2 cloves garlic, minced
3 Tablespoons dried minced parsley
8 slices cooked ham (approximately)
8 slices mozzarella cheese (approximately)
Mix everything but the ham and cheese together.
On a large sheet of plastic wrap, pat the meat mixture into a rectangle about 10 x 16 inches.
Arrange the ham and cheese on it and then roll up like a jelly roll, using the plastic wrap to help guide the roll.
Place the roll into a baking dish sprayed with cooking spray.
Bake in 350ºF. oven for 1 hour.
Let the roll stand at room temperature for 15 minutes before slicing it.
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