Meatloaf With Tomato Relish

I suppose I am feeling nostalgic for the classic American dinner: Salisbury Steak, Oven-Fried Chicken, Spaghetti and Meatballs. Now, I didn’t really grow up with these dinners which is probably the other reason why I am cooking them to my family for something different. Which is why I next turned to meatloaf. My mom, I think, made meatloaf for us as kids, but I can’t quite remember it. Considering what a good cook she is, it may not have made my radar of meals I liked to eat. So for my family, I searched (and tried) several recipes until I found one full of flavor and very moist: Meatloaf with Tomato Relish, from the Food Network’s chef, Tyler Florence.

Meatloaf is a relatively easy and inexpensive meal you can prepare for your family. You can use ground beef, chicken, pork or turkey, too. This recipe uses a combination of ground beef and ground pork. Mix the meat with bread soaked in milk, eggs, some of the tomato relish you make, salt & pepper and you are ready to go!

For the tomato relish, you sauté onions, garlic and red bell peppers and then add your tomatoes and parsley. To finish the sauce you add ketchup and worcestershire sauce. You can use sugar-free ketchup, too.

Now this meatloaf recipe is for a good-sized group, about 6-8 people. You shape the meat into a log on a lightly greased cookie sheet and top it with some of the tomato relish. The recipe calls for bacon slices across the top of the meatloaf, but since I didn’t have any in the fridge, I skipped that part.

The result? EVERYONE went nuts for this. The kids that didn’t eat tomatoes, still ate the delicious and moist meatloaf. My hubby requested a meatloaf sandwich for his lunch the next day! I served it with my mashed potatoes and cauliflower. This a healthier version of mashed potatoes since my hubby didn’t care for straight up mashed cauliflower!

I love finding new recipes that work out as easily as this one does. Now, what classic meal should I do next?

Meat Loaf With Tomato Relish

This easy meat loaf isn't the dry brick you might have had growing up. Recipe adapted from Tyler Florence


  • 2 TBS extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 red bell pepper, seeded & finely chopped
  • 2 tomatoes, seeded & finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup flat leaf parsley, chopped
  • 12 oz ketchup
  • 1 TBS Worcestershire sauce
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 3/8 tsp black pepper, ground
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 3 slices of bread
  • 1 1/2 lb ground beef
  • 1 lb ground pork
  • 2 eggs, large
  • 1 TBS thyme, fresh
  • 4 slices of bacon, (optional)


  1. Preheat oven to 350ºF.
  2. Heat a skillet over medium-high heat and add:
    • 2 TBS extra virgin olive oil
    • 1 onion , finely chopped
    • 2 bay leaves
  3. Sauté the onions for 2 minutes, then add:
    • 2 garlic cloves , minced
    • 2 red bell pepper , seeded & finely chopped
  4. Continue cooking vegetables for 2 more minutes then add:
    • 2 tomatoes , seeded & finely chopped
  5. Stir in:
    • 1/4 cup flat leaf parsley , chopped
    • 12 oz ketchup
    • 1 TBS Worcestershire sauce
  6. Season with:
    • 1/4 tsp salt
    • 1/8 tsp black pepper, ground
  7. Simmer the relish for 5 minutes to pull all the flavors together. Remove it from the heat and reserve. You should have about 4 cups of relish.
  8. Place in a small bowl, mix and set aside:
    • 1/4 cup milk
    • 3 slices of bread
  9. In a large mixing bowl add 1 1/2 cups of tomato relish and mix by hand:
    • 1 1/2 lb ground beef
    • 1 lb ground pork
    • 2 eggs, large
    • 1 TBS thyme, fresh
    • 1/2 tsp salt
    • 1/4 tsp black pepper, ground
  10. Squeeze the excess milk from the bread and add the soaked bread to the meat mixture.
  11. To test, fry a small "hamburger" patty of the meatloaf until cooked; the patty should hold together but still have a soft consistency. Taste the patty for seasoning.
  12. Lightly oil a cookie sheet and transfer the meat mixture to the center of the cookie sheet and form into a log about 9 inches long and about 4 inches wide.
  13. Coat the top of the meat loaf with another 1/2 cup of the tomato relish.
  14. Lay across the top of the meat loaf lengthwise:
    • 4 slices of bacon , (optional)
  15. Bake the meat loaf for 1 to 1 1/2 hours or until the bacon is crisp and the meatloaf is firm.
  16. Rotate the meat loaf while it's baking every 20 minutes to insure that the bacon browns evenly.
  17. Remove the meat loaf from the oven and let it cool a few minutes before slicing.
  18. Serve with the remaining tomato relish on the side.


Serving Suggestions: Above meatloaf pictured without bacon.

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Yield: 6 servings

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