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Meatloaf is one of the easiest American dishes to make. Most everyone has a favorite way of preparing meatloaf. The sharing of meatloaf “secrets” brings kitchen chefs together while perfecting their time-honored recipes. The best thing about meatloaf preparation is that measured ingredients can be approximated for individual tastes. For example, if a recipe calls for ½ chopped onion, a whole onion can be used instead.

It’s really hard to mess up a meatloaf. Usually excessive use of spices or overcooking it will damage a meatloaf beyond repair. Besides that, just about anything can go into a meatloaf. Here is one delightfully different recipe:

1 ½ lbs. Lean ground beef
½ lb. Ground sausage
1/3-1/2 pkg. Seasoned bread crumbs
1-2 c. uncooked oatmeal
1-2 eggs
1-2 Tbsp. Milk
¼ c. ketchup
1 finely chopped onion
½ finely chopped green pepper
1 clove garlic, pressed and finely chopped
1-2 Tbsp. Steak sauce
1-2 Tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
1-2 c. grated cheddar cheese
4-6 slices uncooked bacon

Mix everything together (except the bacon) until uniformly blended. Shape into a loaf and place in a large loaf pan or baking dish. Lay the bacon side by side lengthwise on top of the meatloaf. Cover with aluminum foil and bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour. Then uncover and bake an additional ½ hour.