In the realm of comfort food, few dishes hold the nostalgic charm and hearty appeal of a well-prepared meatloaf.
Preparing the Mixture
In a large mixing bowl, combine the ground beef, chopped onions, garlic, green bell peppers, sautéed mushrooms, and fresh herbs.
Mix these ingredients gently, ensuring they’re evenly distributed throughout the mixture.
Binding the Ingredient
Add the eggs and seasoned breadcrumbs to the mixture. Incorporate them using your hands, being careful not to overmix, which can result in a dense meatloaf.
Seasoning for Perfection
Drizzle in the ketchup, Worcestershire sauce, and Dijon mustard. Sprinkle salt, pepper, and red pepper flakes to taste.
Mix the ingredients once again, allowing the flavors to meld together.
Shaping and Baking
ransfer the mixture to a baking dish and shape it into a loaf. Brush the top with a generous layer of ketchup for a stunning finish.
Bake the meatloaf in a preheated oven at 375°F (190°C) for approximately 45-50 minutes, or until the internal temperature reaches 160°F (71°C).
Serving and Enjoyment
Once the meatloaf is done, remove it from the oven and let it rest for a few minutes before slicing.