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
►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)