1In a food processor I pulse bread until fine crumbs are produced.
Place in a small bowl and add the milk to moisten crumbs. Toss and set aside.
2In the rinsed bowl, I place green pepper, onion and garlic and pulse until small chopped & uniform. ( this can be done by chopping as well, I find my processor is so much quicker. )
3In a large bowl, crumble in the ground beef, to this add the seasonings, parsley, eggs, bread crumbs, pepper, onion, garlic, cheese.
4I then place this in my kitchen aid mixer bowl, and mix with the paddle attachment. It just tends to keep from over working the meat. Renders a more tender meatloaf. ( If you don't have, just use hands and toss together, trying not to overwork.)
5Preheat oven to 350 degree F.
I then spray my 3 quart casserole dish with non stick cooking spray.
Shape meat mixture into a loaf. Place in casserole dish. You can use a roaster with rack, or a foil lined sheet pan. I just prefer my casserole dish.
6Mix sauce for top of meatloaf ( if using )
In a small bowl, mix ingredients until thoroughly blended.
Spread half of the mixture evenly over top of loaf.
Place in oven and bake for 1 hour 15 minutes, or until completely cooked in the center.
7When loaf is completely cooked, take from oven and tent with foil. Leave set for 10 - 15 minutes before cutting.