This is a delicious, moist and flavorful meatloaf, definitely company worthy, and it is our very favorite meatloaf recipe. Sandwiches made the next day are just awesome! My friend, Pattycake, shared this recipe with me, and now I am happy to share it with my JAP friends. Enjoy!
In a large mixing bowl, combine eggs, tomato paste, kitchen bouquet.
Add all the seasonings and spices.
Stir in peppers, onions and celery.
Add the ground meat and sage sausage. Mix well. Best mixed with your hands.
Stir in the croutons and mix well.
Form the loaf and place in a meatloaf pan.
"Frost" the top of the meatloaf with the leftover tomato paste as depicted in the photo.
Tent the meatloaf loosely. Bake meatloaf in a 350 degree, pre-heated oven for 1 1/2 hours or until it reaches an internal temperature of 175 degrees. (I use a meat thermometer.) Remove tin foil the last 15 minutes. Let meatloaf stand covered loosely for 15 minutes. Spritz with a couple of sprays of butter flavored kitchen spray to give it a glossy appearance, and this is how it looks.
Place the meatloaf on a platter and slice it to serve. You can serve it without gravy because it is so moist. That is the way I like it. The guys, of course, have to have their gravy! Enjoy!