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Mr. B's Bar & Grill Meatloaf

Ingredients:

  • Nonstick cooking spray
  • 2 1/2 lbs ground beef
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/2 ribs celery, diced
  • 1/2 medium yellow onion, diced
  • 1/4 cup chopped green bell pepper
  • 1/2 of an 11.5-ounce can V-8 juice (about 3/4 cup)
  • 1 1/2 cups bread crumbs (see note)
  • 2 Tbsp minced parsley
  • 1 1/2 tsp freshly minced garlic
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 cup shredded Provel cheese
  • 2 1/4 tsp ground black pepper
  • 3/4 tsp ground cumin
  • 2 1/4 tsp onion powder
  • 1 Tbsp dried sweet basil
  • 3/4 tsp ground oregano
  • 1 Tbsp salt

Preparation:

Preheat oven to 350° F. Spray a 9 x 13-inch glass baking pan with nonstick cooking spray. Set aside.

Place ground beef in a large mixing bowl. Add celery, onion, green bell pepper, V-8 juice, bread crumbs, parsley, garlic, cheeses, black pepper, cumin, onion powder, basil, oregano and salt.

Knead mixture until ingredients are well-blended. Shape into a loaf.

Set loaf into prepared pan. Add water surrounding loaf, enough to reach one-fourth of the way up the sides of the pan. Bake meatloaf for 45 minutes to 1 hour or until done.

NOTE: Mr. B's uses unseasoned bread crumbs made by grinding up dried pieces of French or Italian bread. Home cooks who don't own a grinder can make crumbs from dried bread using a blender or a grater or substitute store bought crumbs.

Makes 6

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