Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Classic Meatloaf

Classic Meatloaf

This is the recipe that my mom made when I was growing up!  It is such a delicious and yummy recipe.

Prep time  15 minutes
Cook time:  1 hour


1 Tablespoon of vegetable oil
1/2 cup of finely chopped onion
1/2 cup of finely chopped celery
1/2 cup of finely chopped green pepper
1 cup of organic ketchup
1 1/2 pounds of ground beef
1 cup of soft, fresh breadcrumbs
1 large egg slightly beaten
1/2 tsp of salt
1/2 tsp of minced garlic
1/4 tsp of pepper


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  Heat oil in a skillet set over medium-high heat.  Cook onion, garlic, celery, and pepper until softened, about 5 minutes.  Stir in ketchup.  Remove pan from heat and divide sauce mixture in half.  Combine one half of the sauce with ground beef, breadcrumbs, egg, salt, and pepper.  Mix gently.  Pat mixture into a lightly greased meatloaf pan.  Bake for 1 hour or until an instant-read thermometer reaches 165 % F.  Rest meatloaf for 5 minutes.  Reheat the reserved sauce mixture.  Slice meatloaf and serve with sauce.

(This recipe can be varied according to taste and sensitivity.  Some children prefer the recipe without the green pepper.  People with gluten sensitivity can use gluten free bread crumbs.)

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