Meat Loaf with Diced Tomatoes and Bacon

Course : Meat
Serves: 6
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2 pounds ground beef, round, chuck, or sirloin
2 cups white bread crumbs (about 4 slices of bread)
2 large eggs, slightly beaten
1 small onion, finely chopped
1 can diced tomatoes
4 slices uncooked bacon
1 teaspoon salt and pepper to taste

Preparation / Directions:

To prepare bread crumbs: heat oven to 250F and place 4 slices of white bread in oven to dry out. When bread is completely dried, crush with your hands or a rolling pin into crumbs. Place in bowl and set aside. Preheat oven to 350F for the meat loaf. Lightly oil a glass baking dish or a loaf pan. Combine meat, salt and pepper, onion, eggs, bread crumbs in mixing bowl. Drain 3/4 cup of juice from canned tomatoes and add to the mixture. Mix all ingredients thoroughly with hands. Form meat mixture into a loaf and place in glass pan OR pack the mixture into a loaf pan. Top with diced tomatoes and 4 strips on uncooked bacon. Bake in oven 45 minutes.

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