My daughter requested Meat Loaf for a back to school dinner. The ease of preparing this comforting dish, and the vegetable filled recipe convinced me to prepare her choice for a quick, convenient and delicious week night meal.
DELUXE MEAT LOAF
2 stalks celery, chopped
1 carrot, peeled and grated
4 strips bacon, finely diced
4 ounces fresh mushrooms, diced
1 green pepper, finely chopped
1/2 teaspoon each meat tenderizer, celery salt, dry mustard, dried sage, salt, black pepper and garlic powder
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
1 cup milk
1/2 cup bread crumbs
1 pound ground beef
Combine all ingredients except ground beef. Mix well. Let stand 30 minutes to an hour. Heat oven to 350F.
Add beef, mix thoroughly. Spoon into a loaf pan. Bake for 1 hour and 15 minutes.
Recipe adapted from Arkansas Living, August 2015