This is my basic go-to meatloaf recipe. Variations happen randomly, based on what is on hand. It’s awesome hot with gravy, hot or cold with ketchup, or with mayo on a sandwich. I love meatloaf.

3 pounds 85% lean hamburger
1 15 oz jar of your favorite tomato sauce OR tomato puree (reserve 1 cup)
2 cups medium panko breadcrumbs (ok to substitute oatmeal)
1 green pepper, finely chopped
1 large onion, minced
2 shredded carrots
2 eggs

1/4 cup chopped celery leaf or ALL the leaf from a bunch of celery, chopped
1/4 cup chopped parsley
Generous shakes of Steak Magic or Old Bay seasoning or your preferred steak seasoning
8 good shakes Worcestershire sauce
about 1 tablespoon of Oyster sauce (optional)
Heinz ketchup
If using tomato puree instead of tomato sauce: add 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning


parsnips instead of carrots
leave out the green pepper and add extra celery

Preheat oven to 350
Mix together everything except reserved tomato puree and ketchup
Add to 2 bread-pans
Top with reserved tomato puree and then ketchup. Top of meatloaf should be completely and thickly covered.
Place on middle rack in oven, cook for 1 1/2 hours.
Insert baster at corner of bread-pan, remove excess grease.
Let cool for about 10 minutes before slicing and serving.

Makes 2 meatloafs. Can serve hot or cold.

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