1 1/2 pounds lean ground beef
1 cup soft fine bread crumbs
1 large egg
1/2 cup ketchup (plus more for topping, if desired)
2 teaspoons spicy brown mustard or Creole mustard
1 medium sweet onion, finely chopped
1/2 red bell pepper, finely chopped
1 teaspoon Cajun or Creole seasoning, or

similar seasoning blend
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1/2 teaspoon dried leaf oregano
3 strips of bacon (optional)


Heat oven to 350 degrees F.

Combine all ingredients in a large bowl; work together with hands until thoroughly blended.

Pack into a meatloaf pan or a 9x5x3-inch loaf pan. Top loaf with the 3 strips of bacon (if using) and bake for 1 hour.

If desired, spread about 1/2 cup of ketchup over the top of the loaf about 15 minutes before the meat loaf is done.

Serves 6

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