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Dad's Meatloaf with Tomato Relish 

Recipe courtesy Tyler Florence
Show: Tyler's Ultimate
Episode: Ultimate Meatloaf

Difficulty: Easy 
Prep Time: 20 minutes 
Cook Time: 1 hour 30 minutes 
Yield: 6 to 8 servings 

Tomato Relish: 
Extra-virgin olive oil 
1 onion, finely diced 
2 garlic cloves, minced 
2 bay leaves 
2 red bell peppers, cored, seeded, and finely diced 
2 tomatoes, halved, seeded, and finely diced 
1/4 cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley 
1 (12-ounce) bottle ketchup 
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce 
Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper 

3 slices white bread, crusts removed, torn into chunks by hand 
1/4 cup whole milk 
1 1/2 pounds ground beef 
1 pound ground pork 
2 eggs 
Leaves from 2 fresh thyme sprigs 
Salt and freshly ground black pepper 
3 to 4 bacon slices

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Coat a skillet with a 2-count of oil and 
place over medium heat. Saute the onion, garlic, and bay leaves for a few 
minutes to create a base flavor. Throw in the red peppers and cook them for a 
couple of minutes to soften. Now add the tomatoes; adding them at this point 
lets them hold their shape and prevents them from disintegrating. Stir in the 
parsley, ketchup, and Worcestershire; season with salt and pepper. Simmer the 
relish for 5 minutes to pull all the flavors together. Remove it from the heat; 
you should have about 4 cups of relish. Place the torn white bread in a bowl 
and add the milk to just barely cover, swish the bread around in the milk and 
let it sit while you get the rest of the ingredients for the meat loaf 
together. This is where you get your hands dirty! In a large mixing bowl, 
combine the ground beef and pork with 1 1/2 cups of the tomato relish, the 
eggs, and thyme; season with salt and pepper.
 Squeeze the excess milk from the bread and add the soaked bread to the meat 
mixture. 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. Lightly oil a cookie sheet. 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. Coat the top of the meatloaf with another 1/2 cup of the 
tomato relish. Lay the bacon across the top lengthwise. Bake the meatloaf for 1 
to 1 1/2 hours until the bacon is crisp and the meatloaf is firm. Rotate the 
meat loaf while it's baking every now and then to insure that the bacon browns 
evenly. Remove the meatloaf from the oven and let it cool a bit before slicing. 
Serve with the remaining tomato relish on the side. Unbelievably moist!
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