Meat Loaf

Meat Loaf

1 lb ground beef
1 lb ground sausage (or two pounds ground beef)
1 1/2 c. oatmeal
1 c shredded carrots
1 large onion, diced
1 green pepper, diced
1 can Rotel (or diced tomatoes with chilies or green peppers)
2 eggs
1 T. oregano salt

and pepper garlic powder (or fresh, minced garlic) optional V-8 or tomato juice as needed

I put everything except the juice or V-8 in a large bowl, take off my rings and just squish it all around until it is fully mixed. Add juice as needed. Shape as a rectangle on a smooth surface (I use a linen-like dish towel, clean of course!) It should be 9×12″ and 3/4″ thick. Spread grated cheddar cheese over the surface then roll the meat like a jelly roll. Place it in a roasting pan and bake @ 350°F until done. (about 1 1/2 hours). In the mean time, make mashed potatoes for 8. When the meatloaf is finished, spread the mashed potatoes like icing a cake. Put pats of butter over the potatoes. Insert under the broiler for 5-7 minutes until the potatoes have a nice browning color and the butter is melted. Lifting it to a serving platter is the most difficult part. You don’t want it to fall apart.

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