Herbed Meat Loaf

Herbed Meat Loaf

(6 servings)

1 lb ground beef
1/2 lb ground veal
1/2 lb ground lean pork
2 eggs
1/4 cup coarsely chopped green pepper
1/2 cup fine breadcrumbs
3/4 cup chopped parsley
1/4 cup finely chopped chives
2 tbsp finely chopped basil
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp freshly ground pepper
bacon slices to cover top
mushroom sauce or basic tomato sauce

Preheat oven to 350 F.

In mixing bowl, combine all ingredients except bacon slices and sauce. Using hands, blend well; do not overwork the meat or it will produce a meat loaf that is too tightly packed.

Line a 9-inch pie plate with aluminum foil. Shape meat mixture into an oval loaf, place on the foil and cover with bacon slices.

Bake 1-1/2 hours. Serve with mushroom sauce or fresh tomato sauce.