Mom's meatloaf...add your own.
Makes a non-dense, mildly spicy and very juicy meatloaf with a ring of cooked carrots and potatoes.
2 lbs ground beef
cup of diced green pepper.
2 whole eggs
salt, pepper to taste.
cornflakes as needed.
Heinz Chili Sauce
oven at 325.
put beef in bowl, add pepper, whole eggs, salt, pepper. Hand work until mixed [use latex gloves.]
Add a cup of cornflakes: handmix and if you feel you need more, add more.
Work in half a cup of chili sauce.
Mold into a loaf.
Top with Chili Sauce.
Ring with raw carrots and potatoes [peeled or not, your choice: I recommend Irish]
Bake at 325 until carrots and potatoes are well done.
You may serve this in slices if you've been stingy with the cornflakes. If you added a lot, you may need a spoon, but the end result is a real comfort food in either case, and cold, it does well in sandwiches for the next week.
I have absolutely no idea how my mom made her meatloaf. When I make it I do it different just about every time. Sometimes I include green peppers, sometimes not. I've even been known to chop up carrots and put them in. Sometimes I put tomato sauce on it, sometimes not. Sometimes I mix in worcestershire sauce, and sometimes it's barbecue sauce or even a spoonfull of pureed chipotle in adobo. Sometimes my binder is dry breadcrumbs, and sometimes it's leftover rice. It just depends on what I've got on hand when I decide I want meatloaf.
I like the Heinz Chili Sauce idea! I usually make a "from scratch" ketchup or barbeque sauce blend, but I bet the Chili Sauce would go really well with the Cracker Barrel recipe I make on occasion. (Can't say much about my mom's meatloaf; it was pretty much meat, onions, and Kitchen Bouquet, smothered in brown gravy. Not comforting at all.)
Not sure my mom taught me this, but I glaze mine during the last five or ten minutes (after the loaf is done) with a mixture of ketchup and brown sugar - maybe a quarter to a third cup of ketchup to two tablespoons or so of brown sugar. Yummy. I'm with RevSharkie otherwise ... sometimes crackers, sometimes bread, sometimes worcestershire, sometimes just ketchup.