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CJ's Meatloaf


2 lbs of sirloin ground beef
1 pkg of meatloaf mix
1/2 cup of ketchup
2 pieces of bread toasted and fine crumbled (or use ready to use bread crumbs)
1 egg
1/2 cup of salsa
1 bell pepper (food processed to a part liquid consistency.
1/2 onion (food processed with the bell pepper)
1 tablespoon of steak seasoning
1 teaspoon of basil
1 teaspoon of parsley
2 Tablespoons of minced garlic
1 cup of shredded cheese ( I like mexican cheese mix or cojack cheese)

Mix together and put in a baking pan.  Make sure that the baking pan is big enough in size so that any liquid boiling will not boil over in the oven. It is best to put a baking sheet underneath.

I bake at 375 degrees covered in aluminum for about 1.5 hours.  Make sure the meat is cooked in the center.

You can add any type of seasoning you like that is handy and goes good with hamburger meat.  I like to add Italian seasonings because it is a combination of different ones and I especially like fresh oregano from the garden and anything else I can pick to go in to it. 

There is a lot of seasoning from the meatloaf mix but since I use 2 lbs to have plenty leftover for meatloaf sandwiches the next day or two I find I need to add a little more zest to the flavor.  The salsa does that too. 

With meatloaf you can experiment.  I sometimes puree vegetables to a juice consistency and put them in.  Those picky eaters have no clue and they have told me when I did a combination of peas and green beans that it was the best meatloaf they ever had!!  So I told them.....big mistake.  Some secrets are best left unsaid.



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