The beauty of meat loaf is that it can be comfort food or luscious entertaining;come to the table warm with vegetables, gravy, and mashed potatoes, or cold, with salad, bread and pickles.
- Heat oven to 375°F.
- Using your hands, squeeze together all the ingredients. If the mix seems too wet, add up to 1 cup more of the bread crumbs.
- Form a loaf with the ground beef into a large bread pan, top with ketchup if desired. Place in oven and bake uncovered for 45 minutes to 1 hour.
Cover with warm tomato sauce before slicing and serving.
Serve with steamed green beans, creamed corn, fluffy potato mash and tomato sauce on the side for a perfect New England dinner. Don't forget the cornbread.
Most meatloaf recipes are recycled Italian meatball recipes, that is why a little tomato sauce can make it into the mix and they are usually topped with tomato sauce –to help form a crust- or the sauce is served on the side. As one travels to the midwest, the tomato sauce becomes ketchup.