MEATLOAF (serves 8)
*1 1/2 pounds lean ground beef
*1/2 pound sausage
*1 green pepper, chopped
*3/4 cups rolled oats
*1/4 cup milk
*1/2 cup italian bread crumbs
*1/2 onion, chopped
*1 1/2 teaspoons ground black pepper
*1 teaspoon salt
~Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
~In a large bowl, combine meat, green pepper, italian bread crumbs, milk, oats, egg, onion, salt & pepper.
~Mix lightly but thoroughly.
~Press into a bread pan.
~Bake for 1 1/2 hours, or until meat in no longer pink.
~Remove from bread pan, onto a serving dish.
~Let stand for five minutes before serving.
`Add 1/4 cup barbecue sauce or ketchup to the top of the meatloaf before cooking.
`Substitute bread crumbs with crushed saltine crackers or butter flavored crackers.
`Add 1/2 pound of veal to meat mixture.
`Once mixed, form into patties and grill as burgers.
Make your meatloaf up ahead of time and freeze before cooking. That way on busy days or when you have unexpected company for dinner, you have something ready. You can let it defrost before baking or bake (covered) in the oven while still frozen for an extra 30-40 minutes.