With Valentine's Day right around the corner I thought that today I would share my meatloaf recipe and the story behind the title of the recipe. Actually, this is the same meatloaf recipe I've made for the past 30 years; however, about eight years ago shortly before my husband and I married, I cooked dinner for him at his place one evening and decided to make meatloaf. He took a few bites, looked at me and said, "Honey, will you marry me and make meatloaf for me the rest of my life?"
Well, I didn't say yes that time, but when he proposed again on Christmas Eve with a diamond and garnet ring in hand I couldn't resist! And yes, I do still make him his favorite meatloaf....
1-1/2 lbs. lean ground beef
1/2 bell pepper, chopped finely
1/2 yellow onion, chopped finely
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. black pepper
3/4 c. fresh bread crumbs
Place all ingredients in a large mixing bowl and mix well with hands. Place mixture into a shallow baking pan or casserole dish that has been sprayed with no-stick spray. Shape meat mixture into a loaf leaving about 1" of space around the edges of the pan. Squirt ketchup across top of meatloaf in a zig-zag manner. Cut remaining half of bell pepper into 1/4" strips and place across the top of the meat loaf. Bake at 400* for about an hour. Check after 30 minutes to be sure it isn't browning too fast and decrease oven temperature to 375* if necessary.
Serve with baked potatoes (they can bake along with the meatloaf to conserve energy), and your favorite vegetable. Enjoy!
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