Growing up meant Meatloaf on Mondays. I had not made it in years, but am taking a healthier attitude this year in what I eat, which means eat less processed food, and stop picking up junk at a drive-through on the way home.
I don’t know why Meatloaf gets a bum rap, as it is considered a staple in most American homes. May not be elegant, certainly isn’t gourmet, but it has great texture, a ton of flavor and is easy on the wallet. One thing it doesn’t have? Great looks. Although it looks good on the plate when I serve it, it doesn’t photograph so well, but then what brown food does? Okay, chocolate is brown and photographs really, really, really well – but meatloaf, not so much!~~ Meatloaf goes into loaf pan – pat it into shape and add tomato sauce on top. Ingredients: 1 pound ground sirloin beef (less than 5% fat) 1 pound ground pork 1 yellow onion, diced 2 cloves garlic, finely minced 2 eggs 1/2 cup Panko bread crumbs 2 tsp. Italian seasoning 2 tsp Worcestershire sauce 1 Tbl. chili-garlic sauce (Asian section of store) 1 small can tomato sauce 1 Tbl. parsley, finely chopped Kosher salt Method:
Preheat oven to 375 degrees
- Using a non-stick frying pan, add olive oil to pan and sauté both the diced onion, and the minced garlic. Saute until translucent and remove from heat – cool for a few minutes.
- Take a medium-size bowl, add sirloin, pork, sautéed onion, eggs, seasonings, Worcestershire sauce, Panko, parsley, chili garlic sauce, and 1/2 can of the tomato sauce. Mix well with a wooden spoon, or better yet, wash your hands again and dig right in.
- After well mixed add it to a loaf pan and pour remaining tomato sauce on top of the meatloaf and place in oven. Cook for one hour.
- When the meatloaf is at the halfway point (30 minutes), take it out and pour off grease. Back into oven for another 30 minutes.
- It’s done – add to platter and surround with Crispy Potato Boats, or roasted red potatoes.
I am trying to cut-down on eating bread, but if I wasn’t in a “no bread for me” mode, I would take a meatloaf sandwich to work the next day – Yum!
Yield: Serves 6-8 depending on size of slices