Favorite Meatloaf Recipe

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It’s my favorite recipe and also the name of the recipe I found in the Blue Flame Favorites cookbook published in 2003 by the Oklahoma Natural Gas Company.  This book contains a lot of recipes collected and published for the previous 70 years.  A few are very familiar to my childhood.

Favorite Meat Loaf

  • 1/4 cup shortening
  • 2 small onions, minced
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped green bell pepper
  • 2 pounds ground round
  • 2 cups soft bread crumbs
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 2 tablespoons horseradish
  • 3/4 cup ketchup
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar

Preheat the gas oven to 350 degrees.  Melt the shortening in a skillet over a medium flame.  Add the onions and green pepper and cook for 10 minutes, stirring frequently.  Combine the onions, green pepper, ground round, bread crumbs, eggs, salt, dry mustard, horseradish and 1/4 cup of the ketchup in a large bowl and mix well.

Press into a greased 5×10-inch loaf pan or shape into 4 small loaves and place in a shallow baking pan.  Do not allow the sides to touch.  Bake the large loaf for 45 minutes or the small loaves for 30 minutes.

Combine the remaining 1/2 cup ketchup and brown sugar in a small bowl and mix well.  Brush the loaf with the ketchup mixture and bake for 15 minutes longer.

Note: Meat loaf freezes well if cooled completely and wrapped in an airtight foil package.  To reheat, place the unwrapped meat loaf in a baking dish, pour tomato juice around the loaf and bake until heated through.

Favorite Meat Loaf

Yield: 6 to 8 servings

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Opalka heirloom tomatoes.  I found the seeds to this variety online and thought I’d give them a try.


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