Sunday, November 6, 2011

My Famous Meatloaf

Meatloaf is such a classic and can be made so many different ways. I love a hearty meatloaf that has chunks of veggies and tons of flavor. This recipe has been my go to recipe now for years. I once made it for my cousin Tony and he loved it so much that I had to make it again for him. The recipe below makes one large meatloaf. However, in the pictures below you will see two meatloaves but that is because I doubled the recipe so that Tony could take one home. Enjoy!

My Famous Meatloaf
Recipe by Heart for Cooking
Makes 1 large meatloaf, serves 6 people

2 pounds of ground beef
1 cup of breadcrumbs
1/2 cup of fresh chopped parsley
4 cloves of minced garlic
1 large Spanish onion
1 large chopped green or red pepper
1 egg
1 cup of your favorite BBQ sauce
1 1/2 teaspoon of salt
1/2 teaspoon of pepper
1/2 teaspoon of garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon of onion powder
1/2 cup of your favorite tomato sauce
Non-stick cooking spray

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Using a loaf pan, you can either spray it with non-stick spray or what I do is take aluminum foil and line the inside of the pan. A trick I use is to flip your pan upside down and place the aluminum foil over it and mold it to the bottom of the pan. Then flip the loaf pan over and place the shaped foil inside of it. Leave enough over hang so that when the meatloaf is done, you can pull it out with these flaps. Spray the aluminum foil with non-stick cooking spray.

In a large bowl combine all ingredients except for the tomato sauce. With your hands, mix all of the ingredients together. Form into a loaf and place into prepared pan. Finish molding the loaf so that it fills the bottom of the pan. Then pour tomato sauce over entire meatloaf. You want to make sure you have at least an inch from the meatloaf to the top of the pan to avoid any spills. Place meatloaf uncovered into the oven for roughly 1 hour and 15 minutes or until cooked through.