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Sweetheart Meat Loaf

 Sweetheart Meat Loaf
I serve this heart-shaped meat loaf at least twice a month or whenever someone needs cheering up. Ground turkey and vegetables are nice additions. - Terri Hairston, Mansfield, Ohio
12 ServingsPrep: 20 min. Bake: 1 hour

Ingredients

  • 2 medium carrots, cut into chunks
  • 2 celery ribs, cut into chunks
  • 1 small green pepper, cut into chunks
  • 1/4 cup chopped onion
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tablespoons prepared mustard
  • 2 tablespoons ketchup
  • 1 cup crushed saltines (about 30 crackers)
  • 2 pounds ground turkey or beef
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  • 1 pound ground turkey
  • Additional ketchup

Directions

  • In a blender or food processor, combine the carrots, celery, green
  • pepper and onion; cover and process until pureed. In a large bowl,
  • combine the eggs, mustard, ketchup, cracker crumbs and vegetable
  • puree. Crumble meat over the mixture and mix well. On a greased
  • broiler pan, pat meat mixture into a heart shape, about 1 in. thick.
  • Cover and bake at 350° for 40 minutes. Uncover; top with
  • additional ketchup. Bake 20 minutes longer or until the meat is no
  • longer pink. Yield: 12 servings.
Wine: Light-Bodied Red Wine: Enjoy this recipe with a light-bodied red wine such as Pinot Noir.