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Who knew Meatloaf could be so delicious?

Meatloaf Revamped!
adapted from The Bride & Groom First and Forever Cookbook

2 teaspoons oil
1 small onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced

1/4 cup milk
1 cup bread crumbs (my favorite are Panko brand)

1 cup ketchup
4 teaspoons Worcestershire Sauce
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder

2 lbs. ground beef (or 1 1/2 lb. ground beef and 1/2 lb. sausage)
1 egg
1 Tablespoon ground flax
1 Tablespoon wheat germ and/or bran
1 teaspoon chili flakes
1 teaspoon oregano
1 teaspoon parsley
1 teaspoon garlic powder
a pinch of both cayenne pepper and paprika
salt and pepper to taste
*you can do 1 1/2 teaspoons of Mrs. Dash seasoning instead, or 1/2 teaspoon in addition/substitution to the oregano, parsley, and garlic powder.

4 large red bell peppers
olive oil to brush

Preheat the oven to 350°F. Cut the red peppers in half lengthwise, keeping the stems intact. Remove the seeds and veins. Brush the insides with olive oil and season with salt and dried thyme. Arrange the halves cut side up on a foil lined baking sheet and bake for 20 minutes or until soft.

After it was roasted, I love those darn peppers.

While they're baking, Heat the 2 teaspoons of oil in a pan. Add the onion and minced garlic and cook until tender. Put in a bowl.

Combine the milk and bread crumbs in a separate bowl and set aside. Combine the ketchup, Worcestershire Sauce and garlic powder in another bowl, set aside.

In the bowl with the cooked onions/garlic add the beef, sausage, 1/2 cup of the ketchup mixture, the egg, seasonings, and bread crumbs.

This one was laying lopsided, see my jimmy rig made of foil?

When the peppers are ready, fill each half with about 1/2 - 3/4 cup of the meat mixture. Spread a Tablespoon or so of the ketchup mixture on top and bake until an instant read thermometer inserted into the center of the filling registers 160°F, which is about 45 minutes.

Didn't think anyone was in love with meatloaf anymore eh? Well think again!

My soundtrack for this adventure: The sound of my home, and our air conditioner. Oh, summer.


  1. I loved stuffed peppers! I usually do a veggie version. Super tasty!

  2. I like this! I made a meatloaf last night and was trying to think of something different I could do with it, this looks deliciously comforting!

  3. That sounds delicious!!! I love red bell peppers and meatloaf, so would be a win-win. :-)

  4. So guess what happened. Tonight for dinner group somebody made pasta VERY akin to the fusili dish! Lame. But this recipe looks amazing! How many pepper halves do people usually eat? What do you suggest for side dishes?

    Hope you and baby Jane are well :)

  5. aww man that stinks Jean. I bet yours was better though (love your pic btw :)

    I can only eat one of these, but Aaron eats 1-2 depending on when he had lunch. Of course it also depends on how much meatloaf you can fit into the pepper. I really love this recipe.

    Side dishes... We always have salad, but any kind of veggies and a good dinner bread would be delish. Like asparagus, or even mashed potatoes would go well; a nice hearty dinner.

  6. excellent-- thanks! er do you mean you can eat one half or one whole pepper?

  7. one half
    i like this chat thing we've got goin' on :D

  8. oooh, or mashed butternut squash & potatoes would be yummy & seasonal