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Meatloaf Recipe

Prep Time30 mins
Total Time1 hr 20 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Servings: 8 servings


  • 3 tablespoons butter unsalted
  • ¾ cup onion finely chopped
  • ¾ cup scallions finely chopped
  • ½ cup carrots finely chopped
  • ¼ cup celery finely chopped
  • ¼ cup red bell pepper minced
  • ¼ cup green bell pepper minced
  • 2 teaspoons garlic minced
  • salt to taste
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon ground white pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 3 eggs well beaten
  • ½ cup ketchup
  • ½ cup half-and-half
  • 2 pounds lean ground beef chuck
  • 12 ounces sausage meat not fennel-flavored Italian sausage
  • ¾ cup fine fresh bread crumbs toasted


  • Preheat oven to 375° F.
  • Melt the butter in a heavy skillet, and add the onion, scallions, carrots, celery, bell peppers, and garlic. Cook until the moisture from the vegetables has evaporated, about 10 minutes. Set aside to cool; then refrigerate, covered, until chilled, about 1 hour.
  • Combine the salt, black pepper, white pepper, cayenne, cumin, nutmeg, and eggs in a mixing bowl, and beat well. Add the ketchup and half-and-half. Blend thoroughly.
  • Add the ground beef, sausage, and bread crumbs to the egg mixture. Then add the chilled vegetables and mix thoroughly with your hands, kneading for 5 minutes.
  • With damp hands to keep the mixture from sticking, form the mixture into an oval approximately 17 x 4 1/2 x 1 1/2 inches.
  • Place the meat in a baking dish, and place the dish inside a larger pan. Pour boiling water into the larger pan until it reaches halfway up the sides of the baking dish.
  • Place the pan in the oven and bake for 35 to 40 minutes.
  • Remove the baking dish from the water bath, and let the meat loaf rest for 20 minutes before slicing and serving.