Book Club Recipe: Meat Loaf

Meat loaf is a great comfort food to serve for your book club members. Plus, it's easy to prepare in advance, put in your freezer, then pop it into the oven to cook so the wonderful aroma will greet your hungry readers when they walk in the door. Here's one of my favorite recipes. You can make it healthier by substituting turkey for ground beef. In my house, ground turkey has even become the favorite over ground beef. Meat Loaf Serves 6 to 8 For meat loaf:
  • 2 pounds ground beef or turkey
  • 1 egg
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 medium green bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 cup dried bread crumbs
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ¾ teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 14-oz can tomato sauce
For topping:
  • 3 tablespoons deli-style mustard
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • ½ cup ketchup
Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. In a large bowl, combine all the meatloaf ingredients and mix well. Place into a lightly greased 9 x 13 inch baking dish. In a separate bowl, combine the topping ingredients and spoon over the meatloaf. Cover with aluminum foil and bake for 1 hour.  

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