This is a meatloaf with a past. It started with my Grandma Dillie, way back when. She started using a recipe she found on the side of an oatmeal container. Mom continued the tradition but, of course, I had to tweak it. I believe they would have loved this version!
1Place oven rack in middle position and preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
2Combine well, in a large bowl, the ground beef, 1 cup of the tomatoes (reserving the remaining 1/2 cup for later step) and all of the remaining ingredients. (TIP: Using food safe plastic gloves saves you from a messy clean up.)
3Roughly shape into a loaf and place in a loaf pan, then bake at 400 degrees for 1 hour.
4Remove from oven, carefully drain off most of the fat and evenly pour remaining tomatoes over the top and then return to oven.
5Bake for 30 minutes and then check the internal temperature. The temperature of the meatloaf must reach 160 degrees (bake up to 15 minutes longer, if needed.) If top starts to brown too much, tent with parchment paper.
6When internal temperature reaches 160 degrees, remove from oven and allow to rest for 15 minutes before serving (this will allow "carry-over cooking" to bring internal temperature up to 165 degrees.)