I’ve been perfecting my meatloaf recipe for several years now and every time I think I’ve got a great one, I find a new way to prepare it. This recipe is very good!
Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
In a small nonstick skillet, heat vegetable oil over medium high heat. Once oil is hot add onion and green peppers and sauté for about 5 minutes. Set vegetable mixture aside and allow to cool.
Make seasoning blend by combining and mixing together ground pepper, garlic powder, cayenne pepper and paprika in a small bowl.
In a large mixing bowl combine seasoning blend, eggs, milk, half of ketchup and tomato juice. Beat mixture well using a wire whisk or fork. Next form meat mixture by adding together cooled vegetable mixture, bread crumbs and ground beef. Now using your hands or a wooden spoon, mix all the ingredients together until uniform.
Form meat mixture into a loaf by lightly packing into the loaf pan. Slightly round off the top of your loaf for presentation purposes. Pour the remaining ketchup over the top of the loaf. Evenly spread the ketchup over the top using a rubber spatula or spoon.
Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for about 1 hour. Don't allow meat to dry out. Let meat loaf stand for about 12 minutes before slicing.