Daddy's Fiesta Meat Loaf
Before my parents retired and moved here from New York City, I had never seen my father cook anything more than fried eggs and toast. What a shock it was to see him in the kitchen that first week, whipping up a meat loaf! Who knew that a budding Emeril Lagasse lurked behind his New York Mets sweatshirt?
This was the first thing he cooked and it was an unqualified success. The sauce is so good that I've used it on everything from chicken to fish to baked potatoes, all with spectacular results.
1/2 c chopped onion
1/2 c chopped celery
1/4 c chopped green pepper
2 T butter
1 bottle Heinz Chili Sauce (12 oz)
1 1/2 lbs lean ground beef
1 c soft bread crumbs
1 egg, lightly beaten
Salt and pepper, to taste
Saute onion, celery, and green pepper in butter until tender. Stir in chili sauce.
Combine 1/2 c of this mixture with the ground beef, bread crumbs, egg, salt and pepper. Form into a loaf in shallow baking pan.
Bake in 350 degree oven for one hour. Let stand five minutes before slicing. Serve remaining sauce over meat loaf.