Crazy Meat Loaf

Ingredients

  • 1 (10 ounce) package frozen mixed vegetables
  • 1/4 cup butter or margarine
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 cups soft bread crumbs
  • 1/4 cup chopped parsley
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon thyme
  • 3/4 teaspoon Tabasco sauce
  • 1 egg, slightly beaten
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon basil
  • 1 1/2 pounds ground chuck
  • 1 cup grated Cheddar cheese

Instructions

  1. Cook mixed vegetables for 5 minutes in boiling salted water; drain.
  2. Melt butter in skillet; add onion and cook until tender but not brown. Add bread crumbs, parsley, 1/4 teaspoon salt, thyme and 1/4 teaspoon Tabasco sauce.
  3. Combine egg, milk, remaining salt, basil and remaining Tabasco sauce a in mixing bowl. Add 1 cup of bread crumb mixture to egg mixture; mix well. Gently blend ground chuck into bread crumb-egg mixture. Handle as little as possible for more tender meat. Gently press all but 2 cups of meat mixture over bottom and three-fourths up the sides of a 9 x 5-inch loaf pan, leaving center hollow.
  4. Combine remaining bread crumb mixture with mixed vegetables and grated cheese; turn into hollow space in loaf pan. Cover with remaining meat mixture.
  5. Bake at 350 degrees F for 1 hour.
  6. Let stand for 10 minutes before turning out onto serving platter.

Serve with cheese sauce, if desired.

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