Jodi Lea Stewart’s Meatloaf

  •  One pound hamburger
  •  One pound ground sausage (or use all hamburger meat)
  •  1 lg. egg slightly beaten w/fork
  •  1 small or ½ large onion, chopped
  •  1 jalapeño pepper, chopped fine
  •  1 med. stalk celery with leaves, chopped fine
  •  1 can Rotel diced tomatoes & green chilies, original
  •  1 small can chopped tomatoes
  •  Few dashes Worcestershire sauce
  •  1 tsp. garlic powder, opt.
  •  1 tsp. onion power, opt.
  •  Black pepper to taste
  •  2 tsp. salt, or to taste
  •  Old-fashioned, uncooked oats
  •  2-4 strips bacon

 In a large bowl, combine hamburger, ground sausage, and egg. Add chopped onion, jalapeño, celery, Rotel tomatoes & green chilies, a small can of tomatoes and seasonings. Use hands to mix well. Add uncooked oats until mixture holds together but isn’t soupy.

Turn mixture out into a roasting pan. I prefer a SpatterWare roaster sprayed with non-stick spray. The mixture will be rounded from the shape of the bowl. Keep that shape. Round and pat until you have a loaf not touching any sides of the pan. Don’t make it too flat. Never push it to the sides of the pan. Who started that? It’s yucky!

Add the strips of bacon to the top and squirt a little ketchup over the top to decorate if desired. Bake at 350-degrees, uncovered, for approximately 1-1/2 hours. Test for doneness. Promptly remove from the pan onto a platter to prevent grease absorption. Wait about 10-15 minutes before slicing.

 Comment:  We’ve  been making this meatloaf with slight variations in my family for as long as I can remember. When people say they hate meatloaf, I’m astounded. This meatloaf is delicious enough to serve to your snootiest company!

Comment: Bell pepper instead of jalapeno pepper is fine. How many seeds you leave in the jalapeno has a lot to do with the heat you can expect.

Comment: Our favorite accompaniments for this dinner are: Mashed potatoes, gravy, hot rolls or biscuits, salad and a few side dishes like fiesta corn or country-style squash.

Comment:  I use latex gloves when I stir the mixture. No way am I getting raw meat under my fingernails!

Jodi Lea Stewart was born in Texas to an “Okie” mom and a Texan dad. Her younger years were spent in Texas and Oklahoma; hence, she knows all about biscuits and gravy, blackberry picking, chiggers, and snipe hunting. At the age of eight, she moved to a vast cattle ranch in the White Mountains of Arizona. As a teen, she left her studies at the University of Arizona in Tucson to move to San Francisco, where she learned about peace, love, and exactly what she DIDN’T want to do with her life. Since then, Jodi graduated summa cum laude with a BS in Business Management, raised three children, worked as an electro-mechanical drafter, penned humor columns for a college periodical, wrote regional western articles, and served as managing editor of a Fortune 500 corporate newsletter.

She is the author of a contemporary trilogy set in the Navajo Nation featuring a Navajo protagonist, as well as two historical novels. Her current novels are Blackberry Road and The Accidental Road. She currently resides in Arizona with her husband, her delightful 90+-year-old mother, a crazy Standard poodle named Jazz, two rescue cats, and numerous gigantic, bossy houseplants.

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