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Diane Sawyer's Meatloaf

Diane Sawyer's Meatloaf

Diane Sawyer's Meatloaf

2 Lbs. ground beef

4-5 Slices of white bread toasted and finely crumbled, to make 1 cup

3/4 Cup whole milk

1 egg

4 to 5 canned plum tomatoes drained and diced or 3/4 cup diced canned tomatoes, drained

3 Tablespoons finely chopped sweet onion

3 Tablespoons finely chopped green pepper

3 Tablespoons finely chopped celery

1/4 cup ketchup

2 Teaspoons salt

1 1/2 Teaspoons ground black pepper




Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  In a large mixing bowl, combine the toasted bread crumbs, the milk and the egg.  mix together with a fork.  Let stand 10 minutes.  Add the meat, tomatoes, onion, green pepper, celery, 1/4 cup ketchup and the salt and pepper.  Mix together with your hands.  Put into a 9x5x3 inch glass loaf pan pressing lightly.  Shape it into a loaf.  Pour the cup of ketchup over the whole top.  Place the loaf into the preheated oven and bake for 1 hour and 15 minutes, or until internal temperature reaches 160 degrees.  Let stand in juices until cool and firmer.


Mom's Meat Loaf

1 1/2 Lbs. Ground Hamburger or Buffalo

1 Cup Bread Crumbs or Cracker Crumbs or Oatmeal (we like oatmeal)

1 Onion (Chopped)

1 Egg

1/2 Green Pepper (Diced)

1 1/2 Teaspoon salt

1/4 Teaspoon pepper

4 Tablespoons catsup

1/2 Cup Milk

2 or 3 cloves of garlic (Minced)

Bacon slices

Mix all ingredients and shape into a loaf.  Place in loaf pan lined with bacon slices.   Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour.


Topping Sauce:

4 Tablespoons vinegar

4 Tablespoons brown sugar

2 Tablespoons Worcestershire sauce

1/2 Cup catsup

1/4 Cup chopped onion

Bring to a boil and baste over the meatloaf several times the last 15 or 20 minutes of cooking.

Tip:  I like to use more bell pepper, and mix red and orange bell peppers into the recipe.  They are a bit sweeter, and add color to the meatloaf.  I also prefer the oatmeal to the bread crumbs or crackers.


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