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Author Notes: The other day after speaking with my Mother I was thinking about what my favorite sandwich was when she packed a lunch for me when I was in school and hands down it was leftover meatloaf on white bread with mayo. So I decided to make meatloaf, my recipe is simple and produces a moist flavorful loaf, no bells and whistles just a plain ole meat loaf. In my opinion its comfort food at its most basic. I use ground beef and ground pork in mine, You can use all beef just make sure its 80% you want the meat to be fairly fatty. The celery,carrot,parsley and onion are ground in the food processor, this adds extra moistness, I also use fresh bread crumbs and top it off with ketchup. - sdebrango
Makes one big loaf
- 1 pound 80% ground beef
- 1 pound ground pork
- 2 stalks celery
- 1 medium size carrot
- 1/2 small onion (yellow,white, red your choice)
- 1/2 cup flat leaf parsley with large stems removed
- 2 large eggs lightly beaten
- 1 small tomato pureed in blender
- 1 small bell or cubanelle pepper diced
- 6 mushrooms (I used white stuffer type) cleaned and tough part of stem removed
- 1 1/4 cup fresh bread crumbs
- splash of worcestershire sauce
- 2 tablespoons heavy cream (Optional)
- salt and pepper to taste
- ketchup to slather on top of loaf
- oilve oil for baking pan
- Pre-heat oven to 375, lightly oil rectangular baking dish. Cut celery, carrot and onion and add to food processor, also add the parsley. Process until they are ground. Dice the pepper and mushrooms, saute in a small amount of olive oil until the pepper softens. To a large mixing bowl add the meat, ground vegetables, sauteed pepper,mushrooms, breadcrumbs, egg, the pureed tomato, salt and pepper, worcestershire and cream (optional). Mix with spoon or better yet your hands until its all mixed together. Oil baking pan and plop the meat in and shape into a loaf. Cover with ketchup.
- Bake for 1 hour, remove from oven and let sit for 15 minutes before slicing. If there are any leftovers make sandwiches. Enjoy!
- This recipe was entered in the contest for Your Best Dinner That Makes a Good Lunch