• Cheyenne Crennan

I Can't Stand Calling this Meatloaf

What kind of word is "loaf?"



I mean yeah, a loaf of bread but also, a loaf is like "oaf" which is something that to me just doesn't say "yum." I just hear some older woman calling a middle aged man on a couch to come "GIT UR MEATLOAF!" Oh- sorry. That's straight out of Wedding Crashers, but honestly, who doesn't revisit that scene anytime they hear the words "meat loaf."



It just doesn't ring to the sound of ahhh that's delicious. Now that I've started talking about it, meatballs also sound terrible and I just have to stop thinking about it, because meatloaf is just meatballs in their circular form.



And served really well with veggies and a crispy version of potatoes. Matt always ate meatloaf with Au Gratin. Which I never associated with meatloaf but, he says is good and I'm here for it.



Actually, I'm here for the frozen Au Gratin potatoes we got in a Omaha Steak Co. box. We toss them in our Ninja Foodi, with a liner of tin foil and bake away. So easy, and delicious.



I started with the ground beef. Now I feel, just like meatballs, you can blend the ground beef and ground pork in a mixing bowl. If it tastes good in a meatball it's going to taste good in a loaf. So I would say 3/4 ground beef + 1/4 ground pork = yum. Next add the eggs. I always whisk in a separate bowl, its easier in the process. Then blend into the ground meat mix. Shake in some bread crumbs. I would say it's safe to start with half a cup, blend, then decide if you think it needs more to hold together. Next salt, pepper, garlic powder, onion powder and Italian seasoning. Now, you can add finely chopping white onion and finely minced chopping garlic or use the dried seasoning. Either will give good flavor. The dried stuff will do the job, and doesn't require chopping by hand, or using a processor.



Transfer the seasoned meat into a bread pan. Drizzle some Worcestershire sauce, use a basting brush to spread some ketchup across the top, then bake at 400 degrees for 20 minutes. I have a convection oven, so I would say 20 is safe and if you feel like it needs more time, go minute by minute. You want to still have that juicy center.



I always find that the bread pan doesn't give much room to cut and serve, and the pretty baking dish doesn't give that shape I'm looking for when making a meatloaf. I transfer it, pour a little juice from the bread pan into the new prettier one with more room, and serve it up. We like this with scalloped or au gratin potatoes and pan seared garlic green beans. Terrible name. Amazing dish.



INGREDIENTS:


1 lb. ground beef (for a little something extra use 3/4 ground beef + 1/4 ground pork)

2 whisked eggs

1/2 CUP bread crumbs, plain or Italian

1/4 CUP of a white onion, chopped

2 finely minced garlic cloves

1 TSP garlic powder

1 TSP onion powder

1/2 TSP Italian seasoning

salt + pepper

a drizzle of Worcestershire sauce

a drizzle of ketchup


DIRECTIONS:


1. Begin by combining the ground beef and pork. If you are only using the ground beef, skip this step

2. Blend the seasoning, chopped onion and mixed garlic into the meat thoroughly

3. Add whisked eggs, combine

4. Add bread crumbs, combine

5. Grease a bread pan with cooking spray and transfer the meatloaf into it

6. Drizzle Worcestershire sauce over the top, followed by ketchup

7. Use a basting brush to spread the ketchup over the top evenly

8. Bake for 10 mins at 400 degrees for a convection oven 15-20 minutes in a regular oven

9. Switch oven to LOW BROIL and watch carefully for the top to get toasty, 2-5 minutes tops, depending on the oven

10. Serve with potatoes and a green veggie, enjoy xo!

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