Meatloaf with Tomato Sauce


From Mary Mac’s Tea Room by John Ferrell

A very good, hearty meatloaf re-created in Mary Mac’s kitchen by Flora Hunter for more than thirty-five years — and it is as popular as ever.

2 pounds ground beef
1 1/2 cups diced onion
1 cup diced green bell pepper
1 cup uncooked oatmeal
1/2 cup ketchup
2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
2 teaspoons Heinz 57 sauce
1/2 teaspoon white pepper
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 large eggs, lightly beaten
Tomato sauce (recipe follows)

Tomato sauce:
1 tablespoon salted butter
1 cup tomato sauce
1/4 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce

Makes about 1 cup sauce

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease a 9 by 5-inch loaf pan. Combine all the ingredients except the tomato sauce in a large bowl. Place the meat mixture in the loaf pan and bake for 55 minutes. Pour off the drippings and bake for 10 minutes longer to brown. Remove from the oven and pour the tomato sauce over the top to serve.

Tomato Sauce:
Melt the butter over medium-low heat in a small, heavy saucepan. Add the remaining ingredients and stir to combine. Cover and cook for about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Serve warm with the meatloaf.

Makes 4 to 6 servings