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Friday, May 13, 2016

One Meal Wonder...Meatloaf

When it comes to meal planning or meal budgeting, one dish stands out above the rest...Meatloaf!
I call it a one meal wonder, because there is nothing more versatile than Meatloaf. Plus, Meatloaf is the king of leftovers. With a little imagination, you can even serve the Meatloaf with a little fun. Here's just a couple of examples.

Spooky hand shaped meatloaf

Individual mouse shaped meatloaf


 Creepy Foot shaped meatloaf


Meatloaf for dinner has been on the tables since the 1950s, if not earlier. Here are some of my favorite recipes.

Bacon-Wrapped Meatloaf with Brown Sugar and Heinz Ketchup Glaze  

This All-American recipe is meant to be served to a crowd of hungry meat-lovers. Get this ready for your tailgate with classic Heinz ketchup or chili sauce and pile it on your plate for the big game. This one will keep you stuffed all day.
 
½ c. Heinz ketchup or chili sauce
4 tbsp. brown sugar
4 tsp. cider or white vinegar
2 tsp. oil
1 medium onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 large eggs
½ tsp. dried thyme
1 tsp. salt
½ tsp. ground black pepper
2 tsp. Dijon mustard
2 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
¼ teaspoon hot red pepper sauce
½ c. whole milk or plain yogurt
2 lb. meat loaf mixture (50% ground chuck, 25% ground pork, 25% ground veal 2/3 cup crushed saltine crackers or 1 1/3 cups fresh bread crumbs 1/3 cup fresh parsley leaves, minced 8 thin-slices bacon (8-12 slices, depending on loaf shape)


Mix ketchup, sugar and vinegar in small saucepan; set aside. Heat oven to 350. Heat oil in medium skillet. Add onion and garlic; sauté until softened, about 5 minutes. Set aside to cool while preparing remaining ingredients. Mix eggs with thyme, salt, pepper, mustard, Worcestershire sauce, pepper sauce, and milk or yogurt. Add egg mixture to meat in large bowl along with crackers, parsley, and cooked onion and garlic; mix with fork until evenly blended and meat mixture does not stick to bowl. (If mixture sticks, add additional milk or yogurt, a couple tablespoons at a time until mix no longer sticks.) Turn meat mixture onto work surface. With wet hands, pat mixture into approximately 9x5 inch loaf shape. Place on foil-lined (for easy cleanup) shallow baking pan. Brush with half the glaze, then arrange bacon slices, crosswise, over loaf, overlapping slightly and tucking only bacon tip ends under loaf. Bake loaf until bacon is crisp and loaf registers 160, about 1 hour. Cool at least 20 minutes. Simmer remaining glaze over medium heat until thickened slightly. Slice meat loaf and serve with extra glaze pass separately.



Deadman’s Hand Meatloaf

I made something gruesome and delicious.
No, really, it was good.
This is meatloaf.
Meatloaf with cheese on top.
And some ketchup.
The nails are made of onion.
The wrist bones are onion too.
Where are you going?
This is how I made it:

I made the basic meatloaf recipe (see recipe below).
Covered the hand completely with ketchup.
Used white onion pieces for the fingernails.
Used the center core of a white onion for the wrist bone as well.
If I were to do it again I would have put less cheese around the fingers, or rather, I would have put narrower pieces. The cheese pooled inbetween the fingers and made it more difficult to diguise later on.
This cheese thing, it worked a bit too well. We couldn’t bring ourselves to actually eat either of them
The wrist bone of the white onion was pushed out a bit as the meatloaf cooked.


The Best Basic Meatloaf

¾ c. onion, diced
2 lb. ground meat, meat loaf mix (ground pork, beef and veal)
½ c. ketchup
½ c. mustard, Dijon adds a nice bite
2 eggs, beaten
1 c. seasoned bread crumbs
Salt and pepper, to taste

Preheat the oven to 350.
In a large mixing bowl, combine all ingredients and mix until evenly combined. Mix it up with your hands, get a little dirty, it's all good. You can make one large loaf or two small loafs from your mixture.  Either way place your loaf/ loaves onto a baking sheet.  Place in the preheated oven for 1 hour for 1 large loaf. If you are going for 2 smaller loaves, reduce cooking time to about 45 minutes.
For an easy glaze you can top the loaf/ loaves with barbecue sauce or ketchup half way through cooking.


Macaroni and Cheese Meatloaf

Looking for a great recipe for meatloaf? Then give this cheesy and delicious meatloaf recipe a try. Combine two classic recipes into one super-tasty quick easy meatloaf recipe. 
 
4 oz. cooked macaroni
1 pound hamburger
½ c. soft bread crumbs
½ c. milk
2 eggs, slightly beaten
½ c. onion, chopped
2 tbsp. green pepper, chopped
1/3 c. Cheddar cheese, grated
1 tsp. salt
½ tsp. pepper

Cook macaroni according to directions on package. Mix together pasta, hamburger, bread crumbs, milk, eggs, onion, green pepper, cheese, salt and pepper. Shape into loaf. Bake at 350 for 1 hour. 




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