4 lbs lean ground beef
2 packs of Lipton French Onion Soup Mix
2 large eggs
1 large onion, diced small
salt and fresh ground black pepper, to taste
1/2 lb good quality deli ham, sliced
1 1-lb box frozen broccoli florets, defrosted and drained
4-6 slices Swiss cheese
- Preheat oven to 275 degrees. Line a large roaster with aluminum foil for easy clean up.
- In a large bowl, completely mix together the ground beef, soup mix, eggs onion, salt and fresh ground black pepper. You’ll find it’s easiest if you use your clean hands to do this.
- Lay out a large piece of wax paper, or plastic wrap, on your countertop.
- Spread the beef mixture into a large rectangle, about 12-inches high x 20-inches long and 3/4-inch thick.
- Evenly layer the ham slices on top of the beef mixture.
- Leave about 1-inch of beef mixture exposed all the way around.
- Evenly layer the broccoli on top of the ham.
- Carefully begin rolling the beef mixture, lengthwise, into a large “jelly roll”.
- First, start on the lower left and work your way across the bottom using your fingers to get the first “flip”.
- Now, holding and lifting the plastic wrap as you go, finish rolling towards the top, this will help keep things together.
- When the roll is complete, press all the seams closed.
- Place in a large roasting pan, add 2 cups water and cover with aluminum foil.
- Bake at 275 degrees for 3 hours, or until a meat thermometer reads 165 degrees.
- Remove the aluminum foil cover, layer Swiss cheese on top, and continue baking until the cheese just melts.
- Let sit for 10 minutes before slicing.
Serves: 2 hungry engine companies, or about 10-12 guys
Mike’s Serving Suggestions: Great to make when you have worked up a appetite from the training drills the captain scheduled for the afternoon
Mike’s Roll Call: Being a new guy, which means your in charge of cooking and being assigned to a large central fire station, I was terrified with what I was going to make for 2 engine companies and a Battalion Chief. My whip told me not to worry and get out my notebook and he would show me a thing or two. This was one of the first meals he showed me and 1 year later I have started a pretty good collection of meals. I would like to thank all the brothers and sisters of local 814 in Sioux Falls SD for putting up with my learning experiences.