There are a million meat loaf recipes out there and each one is great in its own way. Some meat loafs have brown gravy, some red gravy and I have even seen green gravy! This is my version of meatloaf which is a combination of many, many recipes.
This is what you will need:
2 cans tomato sauce
2 pounds ground beef
1 pound sausage
1 cup Panko bread crumbs (I prefer these over saltines because they are unsalted)
1 red bell pepper diced
1 sweet onion diced
1 tsp chili powder
10 slices regular bacon (thick doesn’t work well here)
2 tbls spicy honey mustard
1/2 cup dark brown sugar
salt and pepper to taste
Sweat your onions and peppers with a little oil until they are just translucent. You do not want the veggies to brown. When they reach this point, stop and let cool:
Combine meat, sausage, 1/2 can of tomato sauce, eggs, bread crumbs, chili powder, salt and pepper in a large bowl.
Shape into a roll in a foil lined roasting pan and wrap with bacon. In the oven for 1 hour at 375 degrees.
In the meantime, prepare the sauce. Add 1 1/2 cans tomato sauce, brown sugar, mustard, salt and pepper. Wisk over low heat and cover while meatloaf cooks.
After 1 hour, remove meatloaf from oven and turn on broil. Brush the meatloaf with the sauce and broil 3 minutes, remove, coat again and broil 3 minutes longer.
You should have plenty of sauce to serve with your meatloaf. Use the bacon slices as your slicing guide.
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