Adapted from a recipe by Chef Daniel Hollaway
Meat Loaf is the classic American comfort food, and this version is one of our favorites. It is a one dish meal, moist, luscious and healthful, since it is actually loaded with vegetables. (But, Shhh! we won't tell!). We love this with a side of oven fried or mashed potatoes or simple white or brown rice.
1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
1 cup each green bell peppers, carrots, celery, minced
1 /2 cup onions, minced
5 lbs. meat (Best to use 80% ground beef, and 20% leaner ground meat such as ground turkey or chuck)
2 1/2 cups bread crumbs
Salt, pepper & garlic to taste
Ketchup for "frosting" - approximately ½ cup
Sauté all vegetables in the olive oil until the onions are translucent and the vegetables are tender. Gently use a wooden spoon or gloved hands to combine with the remaining ingredients just until mixed together. Spoon into casserole dish. Bake at 350 for about one hour, Cool thoroughly in refrigerator, then when ready to serve, "frost" top with ketchup and re- heat. Can be pre-sliced and portioned or sliced at table.
Make this recipe up to 2 days ahead. Can be frozen prior to adding ketchup frosting. When ready to use, simply defrost in refrigerator, slather with ketchup, and re-heat.
To hide vegetables even more, before sautéing, pulse in food processor until well minced, but not pureed. This recipe can also be made in 4 loaf pans.
Yield: Makes approximately 15 -18 servings
Recipe: Kosher, meat