Sunday, February 3, 2008


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
2 eggs
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!


Lynn@ The Vintage Nest said...

What a sweet story and I copied that recipe and definitely will try it. :)

My Pink Boutique said...

Sounds yummy! I'll have to give this one a go. Thanks for sharing it w/ us. :)


Roxie said...

Debbie, I also have a funny meatloaf story. I think meatloaf is my husbands absolute favorite and I just cannot seem to find the right recipe. I've tried making it a couple times in the last 16 years, so I am very glad I visited your blog today. That is my story, thought you should know that you helped a girl out today. I'll be trying this recipe very soon. Oh, I'll write it down and place it in my Cozy Recipe Keeper as my very first recipe to be added.
Thank you for sharing with us all.

Debbie said...

Roxie....I love your story and glad I may be of help! I think the bread crumbs are the key to keeping it moist and the chopped onion and bell pepper give it just the right flavor.

Pink hugs,