2lbground beefor 1 lb ground beef and 1 lb of ground pork
1medium onionfinely chopped
1bell pepperseeded and finely chopped
3tbspfresh parsleyfinely chopped
1celery stalkfinely chopped
1 1/2tspItalian seasoning
1cupshredded cheddar cheese
For the Sauce
salt and pepper to taste
For the Meatloaf
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
Combine all of the ingredients together in a mixing bowl with the exception of the shredded cheddar cheese.
Form the meat mixture into the shape of the 9” x 5” loaf pan and place in the pan.
Make a horizontal well down the center of the meatloaf with your hand, wide enough to add the shredded cheese. Place the cheese in the middle of the meatloaf and seal the opening with the meat mixture so that no cheese is exposed.
Place in the oven and bake for 40 minutes.
For the Sauce
While the meatloaf is baking, mix the ingredients for the sauce in a small bowl.
After 40 minutes, take the meatloaf out of the oven and spoon the sauce to cover the top of the meatloaf. Place the meatloaf back in the oven to continue cooking for 10 additional minutes.
Remove the meatloaf from the oven and allow it to rest for 10 minutes before slicing and serving.
Tip: To get the moisture from the vegetables, save yourself and throw the onion, pepper, garlic, celery, and parsley into the food processor. This will save your life, and time!When making meatloaf, I usually use 85% lean/15% fat or 90% lean/10% fat ground beef. When I want to add varying flavor, I will mix equal parts of ground sirloin (90/10) with ground pork.