Hearty Meatloaf

Hearty Meatloaf

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Filled with carrots, onions, garlic, bell peppers and herbs, this is a very flavorful meatloaf. If you don’t like a hearty, savory meatloaf dinner – this one isn’t for you. It goes well with a side of fresh veggies and roasted potatoes.

Hearty Meatloaf
Serves:     4            Preheat Oven Temp:  350

Ingredients List
1 Tb. vegetable oil                                1 Tb. parsley, minced
2 Tb. minced green bell pepper        1 Tb. sugar
2 Tb. minced red bell pepper             2 tsp. salt
1/2 cup minced red onion                   1-1/2 tsp. dried thyme
1/3 cup minced carrot                          1 tsp. black pepper
5 tsp. minced garlic                              1 tsp. dried oregano
3 eggs                                                     1 tsp. ground sage
2-1/2 lbs. ground beef                         1/2 tsp. paprika
3/4 cup bread crumbs                         3/4 cup whole milk

Step-by-Step

1 Preheat oven to 350 F.
2 Heat 1 Tb. of oil in a medium saute pan over medium/low heat.
3 Sauté the minced green and red bell peppers in the oil for 4-5 minutes. Add the minced onion, carrot, and garlic and cook for an additional 4-5 minutes, until soft – not browned.
4 Beat the eggs in a large bowl. Add the ground beef, sautéed veggies, and the remaining ingredients – except the bread crumbs.
5 Mix well with your hands until everything is combined evenly.
6 Work in the bread crumbs a little bit at a time until mixed into the meat mixture.
7 Press the meatloaf mixture into a 9 x 5-inch loaf pan and bake for 1 hour.
8 Remove the pan from the oven and cool for 20 – 30 minutes. (Leave the meatloaf in the pan!)
9 Preheat the broiler. Remove the meatloaf from the pan and slice it into 1-inch thick slices.
10 Arrange the slices on a baking sheet and broil for 2 – 3 minutes.

Hints and Tips
Cover the slices with ketchup before broiling, or serve with mushroom gravy after broiling.

Sometimes I see variations of meatloaf where you can substitute some of the ground beef with ground pork. I’ve not tried this myself, but I don’t see why you couldn’t do the same thing in this recipe – using about 1 lb. of pork and 1-1/2 lb. of beef.

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