the best meatloaf

Meatloaf: is a dish of ground meat formed into a loaf shape. The definition of this American staple is quite unappetizing. Yet there is something about this loaf of meat that is just perfect. Even in the summer, it is such a cozy meal. We mentioned meatloaf in a conversation not about dinner and later David noted, "Hey, we haven't eaten meatloaf in a long time."  Clearly, we needed to rectify this oversight. I dusted off the old favorite recipe and got to work in the kitchen.  While I love to eat meatloaf, I am not a fan of making the dish. Assembly is super easy but my hands always freeze while I mix all the ingredients  (particularly the raw ground meat) together in a large bowl. But, the meal is too good to allow this small inconvenience to get in the way.


1 green pepper diced

1lb ground beef

1lb ground pork

1 cup skim milk (or really any milk)

4-5 slices of white bread or 6oz. of garlic croutons

1 cup parmesan cheese

parsley diced

1/4 teaspoon seasoned salt

3/4 teaspoon sea salt

1 teaspoon black pepper

4 whole eggs

Sauce: 1.5 cups ketchup, 1/3 cup brown sugar, 1 teaspoon dry mustard, 1-1.5 teaspoons tabasco



In a large mixing bowl combine the bread, milk, and diced green pepper.


Add salt, pepper, and ground meats.


Add parmesan cheese.


Add parsley and eggs.


Mix all ingredients together thoroughly.


In a glass baking dish, form meat blob into a "loaf" like shape.


In another bowl, combine and mix together all ingredients for sauce. Use about 1/2 to coat the meatloaf. Bake in the over for 45 minutes at 400. Then take out the meatloaf, coat in second half of the sauce and bake for another 15-20 minutes. Serve