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H.T. Grill classic meatloaf with roasted tomato sauce

Time 2 hours
Yields Serves 6 to 8
H.T. Grill classic meatloaf with roasted tomato sauce
(Gary Friedman / Los Angeles Times)

Roasted tomato sauce

1

Heat the broiler.

2

Cut the tomatoes in half and place them on a baking sheet. Sprinkle them with salt and pepper to taste and the olive oil. Broil until blackened, 5 minutes on the skin side and 10 minutes on the cut side.

3

Place half of the tomatoes, the cilantro, lemon juice, 1/2 teaspoon of pepper and the granulated garlic in a blender and blend until smooth. Remove the sauce to a bowl. Puree the remaining tomatoes until smooth and add to the tomato sauce. Set aside.

Meatloaf

1

Heat the oven to 350 degrees. Coat a shallow baking pan with cooking spray and set aside.

2

Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the celery, carrot, green and red peppers and onion and cook over medium-high heat until slightly softened, 2 to 3 minutes. Remove from the heat and set aside.

3

Combine the beef, eggs, tomato paste, chopped bacon, bread crumbs, salt, cayenne and black peppers, garlic, herbes de Provence, flour and the cooked vegetables in a large mixing bowl. Mix together well. Shape into a loaf in a shallow baking pan and cover the loaf with the bacon slices.

4

Bake until a meat thermometer inserted into the loaf registers 155 degrees, 1 hour, 15 minutes. Then, if needed, place the meatloaf under the broiler to brown the bacon, about 2 minutes. Let stand 10 minutes before slicing. Serve with Roasted Tomato Sauce.


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