Coco's Meatloaf

Coco's Meatloaf

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"Meet Steve Johnson, a Nashville native who grew up learning to cook from his mother, grandmother, and aunt. Along the way, he picked up a few lessons about living right, along with the secret to his mother's meatloaf recipe."

Ingredients 1 h 30 m {{adjustedServings}} servings 456 cals

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  • Calories:
  • 456 kcal
  • 23%
  • Fat:
  • 26.6 g
  • 41%
  • Carbs:
  • 23.5g
  • 8%
  • Protein:
  • 29.3 g
  • 59%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 162 mg
  • 54%
  • Sodium:
  • 1149 mg
  • 46%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).
  2. Combine onion, green bell pepper, milk, 1/4 cup ketchup, and eggs in a blender and puree until smooth.
  3. Stir ground beef, crushed saltine crackers, kosher salt, dry mustard in a large bowl. Add onion and egg mixture; stir to combine.
  4. Transfer beef mixture to a shallow baking dish and shape into a loaf. Drizzle top of the meatloaf with 2 tablespoons ketchup.
  5. Bake in the preheated over for 45 minutes. Remove from oven and let meatloaf to rest uncovered for 15 minutes. Slice and serve.
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Footnotes

  • Cook's Note:
  • I also use this recipe to make meatballs. Instead of forming the meat into a loaf, make meatballs and bake on a cookie sheet for 25 to30 minutes. This recipe makes 18 meatballs.
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Baking Nana
6/13/2012

This is the REAL DEAL. Everyone LOVED this meatloaf. I was too lazy to measure the saltines - I guestimated and used one package of saltines (4 0z) roughly crumbled with my hands. Blending in onion and bell pepper along with eggs etc... is brillant! Mixing it all together with your hands assures that it isn't over worked yet well mixed. Then, by free forming rather than cooking in a loaf pan allows the water in the meat loaf to evaporate, leaving a crispy exterior. Thanks for featuring this recipe, it is a keeper for sure.

Doctortom
5/12/2012

The best meatloaf I've had in years!

LilyBugg22
1/26/2013

Awesome meatloaf... Meatloaf is one of my husband's all-time favorite foods. Unfortunately, it is one food I've never really made well. Even though I don't dislike meatloaf, I never cared for it enough to learn to make it. My first few attempts were-- well-- not good. When I saw this recipe, it seemed like it would hit the mark. After all, how could a grandma named Coco be wrong? It did hit the mark! My husband LOVED it. He even commented, "This will make kickin' sandwiches tomorrow!" He said Coco definitely knew what she was doing. I even had a second helping. :) The texture is spot-on which can make or break a meatloaf in my opinion. The blending of the veggies was a genius idea and actually made prep faster because I didn't have to spend extra time carefully chopping. (I admit that I did throw a couple of garlic cloves in the blender.) Thanks Coco and Steve!