Who knew Meatloaf could be so delicious?
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 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.