Tuesday, March 23, 2010


This is my mother-in-law's recipe.  =)  I love my MIL!
  • 1 jumbo egg
  • 15 oz. can crushed tomatoes OR tomato sauce
  • 1 tsp. salt (can omit if using tomato sauce -- it has salt in it)
  • ¼ tsp. black pepper
  • 1 large onion, finely diced
  • ½ green pepper, finely diced
  • 1 sleeve crushed Ritz crackers OR 4 end pieces of bread
  • 2 lb. ground chuck
►Whisk egg in mixing bowl.  Add tomatoes, salt, black pepper, onion, and green pepper.  Crush crackers or run bread thru food processor.  Add to bowl and mix well.  Break the ground chuck into pieces, and mix thoroughly in bowl. 
►Put in non-greased 9 x 13 baking dish.  Divide in the middle so there are two loaves.  This helps it to cook more evenly.
►Bake at 350° for 1 hour, 15 minutes.  Remove from oven and carefully tilt dish and drain most of the grease.  You can get out the rest by using tongs to press a paper towel down in the corners.
Spread ketchup over the top of the meatloaf and return to oven for 15 more minutes.
If making half a recipe, cut first cooking time to one hour.

--Once I didn't have crushed tomatoes or tomato sauce, so I ran 3 medium tomatoes thru the food processor, and it made about 10 ounces.  I added ketchup to make up the difference, and did not use salt.

--I've also used one 10 oz. can of tomato soup, and 5 oz. ketchup - just filled the soup can halfway.

We had meatloaf tonight with creamed potatoes, green peas, salad, and yeast rolls (that Bethany made =) with honey butter.  Mmmm, mmmm, mmm! 
We ate a little less than half that recipe of meatloaf.  (fam. of 5 w/ one 12-yo boy)

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