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All-American Meat Loaf Recipe

All-American Meat Loaf Recipe

There are loads of variations on meat loaf, but my family loves it when I keep to this stick-to-your-ribs version. —Margie Williams, Mt. Juliet, Tennessee
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Bake: 50 min. + standing YIELD:16 servings


  • 1 large green pepper, chopped
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 cup 2% milk
  • 6 slices bread, cubed
  • 1-1/2 cups (6 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese
  • 2-1/4 teaspoons dried rosemary, crushed
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 pounds lean ground beef (90% lean)
  • 1 pound ground pork
  • 1-1/2 cups ketchup
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons cider vinegar


  • 1. Saute green pepper and onion in oil in a large skillet until tender. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer. Transfer to a large bowl; cool to room temperature.
  • 2. Preheat oven to 350°. Add eggs, milk, bread, cheese, rosemary, salt and pepper to sauteed vegetables. Crumble beef and pork over mixture and mix well.
  • 3. Pat into two greased 9x5-in. loaf pans. Combine ketchup, brown sugar and vinegar in a small bowl. Spread over tops.
  • 4. Bake, uncovered, 50-55 minutes or until no pink remains and a thermometer reads 160°. Let stand 10 minutes before slicing.
    Freeze option: Shape meat loaves in plastic wrap-lined loaf pan; cover and freeze until firm. Remove from pan and wrap securely in foil; return to freezer. Freeze up to 3 months. To use, preheat oven to 350°. Unwrap meat loaf and place in pan. Bake, uncovered, 1-1/4 to 1-1/2 hours.or until a thermometer inserted in center to read 160°. Yield: 2 loaves (8 servings each).

Wine Pairings

Light-Bodied Red Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a light-bodied red wine such as Pinot Noir.