Okay, so I made it sound fancy–word play, you know, courtesy of the addition of Ritz crackers. Regardless, this meatloaf is moist and a real hit with the tastebuds. All thumbs up, including leftovers.
1 small onion, chopped fine
1 small red bell pepper, chopped fine
2 celery stalks, chopped fine
2 tsp Cajun seasoning
1 tsp sea salt
1 tsp black pepper
1-6 oz can tomato paste
1-1/2 cups Ritz crackers, crushed
1-1/2 lbs lean ground beef (could be good with ground chicken, too)
1-8 oz can tomato sauce
1/2 cup grated Mozzarella cheese
1 tbsp chopped parsley
1) Preheat oven to 375 degrees; lightly grease a loaf pan
2) In large bowl, mix onion, red bell pepper, celery, egg, Cajun seasoning, salt, pepper, tomato paste, and Ritz crackers; add ground beef and mix until just combined; set aside
3) Spread tomato sauce in bottom of loaf pan; add meatloaf mixture to loaf pan and gently press to shape of pan; bake in oven 1 hour until meatloaf is done in center; sprinkle mozzarella cheese on top and bake additional 5 minutes until melted; remove from oven and scatter parsley over top; let sit 5-10 minutes before serving; chow down!