Sunday Supper Suggestion, Meatloaf from 72 Market Street Cafe

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There are no rules for what is appropriate to serve for Sunday Dinner, it can be as fancy as you like or as frugal as you need! What makes Sunday Dinner special is who you get to dine with...

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For this week's Sunday Dinner, I would like to suggest the following...

Let's talk about of the time-honored family favorites, that everyone enjoys. Plus you get great sandwiches the next day!

But this meatloaf is a class act.

One you could serve to company and family. It is not fussy, although it does have a couple of steps, please, don't let that stop you. We took the liberty to remove the fussy and still left it a feast. This meatloaf is the one to serve when you don't know what to serve because it is delicious and will not disappoint anyone at the table.

Good enough for guests, meatloaf at it's finest.
72 Market Street Cafe Meatloaf

Meatloaf from 72 Street Cafe
adapted from the famous 72 Market Street Cafe in Venice CA
Makes 2 8X4 inch loaves. One for now, and one for later (or you can share)

1/2 medium onion - diced small
1/2 sweet red pepper - diced small
2 ribs celery - diced small
1 T olive oil

2 pounds lean ground beef (you can use all beef if preferred)
1 pound lean ground pork

2 slices fresh bread
2 carrots - peeled and sliced

1 t garlic salt
1/2 t salt
1 t paprika
1 t ground cumin
1/2 t ground nutmeg
1/2 t pepper

3 eggs, beaten
1/2 c sour cream (or 1/4 c whole milk)
1/2 ketchup

1/3 c ketchup
1/8 t cayenne pepper

Saute the onion, sweet red pepper, and celery until soft. Do not let brown. Set aside to cool (you may do this the day before, and refrigerate until needed).

Crumble meats into a large bowl. Crumb fresh bread in a food processor, add to crumbled meat. Add sliced carrots to the processor, process until finely ground, add to meat mixture. Sprinkle all seasonings over meat mixture. Add the sauteed vegetables. Next add beaten eggs, sour cream, and ketchup. Mix well using your hands.

Divide meat mixture between 2 prepared 8X4 inch loaf pans. Place both pans into a larger pan, add 1 inch of cold water to the large pan.

Mix the remaining ketchup with the cayenne pepper. Top each meatloaf with the sauce, spreading to the edges of the pan.

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Add meatloaves and immediately turn oven temperature to 350, bake 55-60 minutes or until done in your oven. Let rest 10 minutes, pour off any excess juices. Slice and serve.

Have a wonderful dinner!

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  1. Meatloaf, evidently, is a lot harder to make than I ever would have guessed. What a lot of work! I assume that it's worth it, though I'm not enough of a meatloaf fan to try it -- once in a while, a meatloaf sandwich at a retro diner is all I really need. Or from the Whole Foods prepared food counter.

    Best... mae at

  2. Hi Mae, this meatloaf is worth it. I have become a meatloaf fan in recent years and I must say it has become a great deal of fun making different meat loaves, plus we get a lot of great dinners along the way. Thanks for visiting!

  3. A goo meatloaf is indeed worth it! I remember my mom making a very good meatloaf when I was growing up and the leftovers were amazing. Nice job here!

  4. A really well done meatloaf -- and this one sounds fantastic -- is so worth it. I sometimes add mushrooms to the mix. I like the sour cream addition; I often coat with just ketchup and mustard before baking, but I'm going to give this sauce idea a try. Also, I'm with Tina, nothing like leftover meatloaf, hot or cold.

  5. Oh I love meatloaf. I'm always looking for a great recipe. This sounds like it!
    I'd love you to share over at The Fabulous Fall Party!
    I'm certainly pinning on my Dinner This Week board!
    Happy Fall!

  6. What a great meatloaf recipe, I really like the addition of the celery, I will have to try this recipe. Thanks so much for sharing with us today at Full Plate Thursday and have a great weekend!
    Miz Helen

  7. Congratulations!
    Your recipe is featured this week at Full Plate Thursday. Hope you enjoy your new Red Plate and have a fantastic weekend!
    Miz Helen


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