Creole meatloaf

Yield: 6 servings

Measure Ingredient
1½ pounds Lean ground beef
½ cup Cooked white rice
½ cup Chopped onion
½ cup Chopped bell pepper
1 teaspoon Salt
½ teaspoon Crushed thyme (to taste)
1 Egg
2 cans Tomato sauce (8 oz size)
1 tablespoon Cooking oil
½ cup Chopped celery
1 tablespoon Finely chopped parsley

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl mix ground beef, rice, onion, bell pepper, salt, thyme and eggs. Add ½ 8-oz can tomato sauce. Blend and shape into loaf; place in shallow pan. Bake one hour, pour off fat.

Meanwhile, in a medium saucepan, heat oil and cook sauce over medium heat until tender. Stir in remaining 1½ cans tomato sauce and add parsley.

Simmer over low heat while meatloaf is cooking. After pouring off the fat from the meatloaf, top with tomato sauce mixture. Return to oven and cook 10 minutes more.

Larry Bibich

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