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Mom's Homemade Meat Loaf

Agriculture.com Staff Updated: 07/12/2010 @ 3:36pm

Mom's Homemade Meat Loaf

Meat loaf is the ultimate comfort food. It freezes beautifully, and the leftovers (if there are any!) make fabulous sandwiches.

- 2 pounds ground beef 1 cup finely crushed saltine crackers 1 beaten egg 1/2 cup finely chopped onion 1/2 cup finely chopped bell pepper 1/2 cup tomato sauce 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce 1-1/2 teaspoons salt 1 teaspoon dried thyme, crushed 1/2 teaspoon black pepper 1/2 cup ketchup 3 slices bacon.

Step 1: Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Coat a 9x3-inch baking dish with nonstick cooking spray.

Step 2: For meat loaf mixture, in a large bowl combine ground beef, crushed crackers, egg, onion, bell pepper, tomato sauce, Worcestershire sauce, salt, thyme, and black pepper. Use a fork or your hands to mix well.

Step 3: Form meat loaf mixture into an 8x2-inch loaf in prepared baking dish. Spread ketchup over top of loaf. Place bacon slices on top.

Step 4: Bake about 45 minutes or until internal temperature reads 155 degrees F. Let stand 5 minutes before serving. Makes 8 servings.

Barbecued Meat Loaf: Prepare as directed, except substitute barbecue sauce for the tomato sauce in the meat loaf mixture and for the ketchup on top of the loaf.

Freeze ahead: Place cooked meat loaf in a freezer bag and freeze up to two months. Defrost completely in refrigerator. To reheat, preheat oven to 300 degrees F. Place meat loaf in baking dish. Bake, covered, for 20 to 30 minutes or until internal temperature reads 145 degrees F.

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