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My Mom's Best Meat Loaf Recipe

My Mom's Best Meat Loaf Recipe

The Rice Krispies used in this recipe are my mom’s secret ingredient. While they may seem odd or out-of-place, they serve to help hold the meat loaf together. Once cooked, no one realizes they were even there. —Kelly Simmons, Hopkinsville, Kentucky
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Bake: 1 hour + standing YIELD:8 servings

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup chili sauce
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 2 cups Rice Krispies
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 1 small green or sweet red pepper, finely chopped
  • 3/4 cup shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 pounds ground turkey or beef
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Directions

  • 1. Preheat oven to 350°. In a small bowl, mix chili sauce and ketchup. In a large bowl, combine Rice Krispies, onion, green pepper, cheese, egg, salt and pepper; stir in half of the chili sauce mixture. Add beef; mix lightly but thoroughly.
  • 2. Transfer beef mixture to an ungreased 9x5-in. loaf pan. Make a shallow indentation down center of loaf. Spread remaining chili sauce mixture over loaf, being sure to fill indentation.
  • 3. Bake 60-70 minutes or until a thermometer reads 160°; use a turkey baster to remove drippings every 20 minutes. Let stand 10 minutes before slicing. Yield: 8 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 slice equals 299 calories, 16 g fat (6 g saturated fat), 103 mg cholesterol, 657 mg sodium, 14 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 24 g protein.

Wine Pairings

Light-Bodied Red Wine

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