Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Meatloaf please!

Yes, this can be supper tonight, in about 15 minute prep time and 1 hour cooking, you can have this mouth-watering meal for your family, along with stuff for sandwiches tomorrow. But of course, I had to cozy up some home made mashed potatoes and gravy to serve along side, a little salad or some veggies from the freezer and dinner is ready Grandpa!
Start with about 2 pounds of hamburger, I usually use 80/20, I know that this seems like a lot, you can always cut the recipe in half, but let me tell you, this makes a wonderful sandwich for lunch tomorrow, so just think about it before you do something rash.

Okay, now add about 1/2 small onion, chopped and 2 eggs to the hamburger.
Add about 12 saltine crackers, you know the little individual squares, all crunched up, 2 eggs, salt and pepper.
Add 1/2 cup of milk to the mixture, milk helps the meatloaf stay moist while baking, I know I am holding a 1 cup measure, but I grabbed it first and only measured 1/2 cup.
Add 2 cups of stewed or canned tomatoes, including juice to the mix, this is usually a standard can amount.

After getting all the ingredients into the bowl, mix it up with your hands if you want to, or use a spoon, what the heck, it's a free country.
Spray with cooking spray or grease up a baking pan, mine is a little smaller than a 9x13, it's old, sorry I didn't measure it for ya!
Ready to place into a pre-heated 375 degree oven, bake for about 1 hour depending on the size of the meatloaf. I know, I know this is one huge meatloaf, it will shrink some.
Mix together about 1/2 cup ketchup, 1/4 cup mustard, plain yella and 2 T. brown sugar, mix until blended and spread over top of hot meatloaf to give it a sweet and tangy glaze, return to oven.
When the meatloaf is almost done, spread the glaze on top, pop it back into the oven, about 15 more minutes, just to set the glaze.
Fresh and hot from the oven, nothin' says love like a fresh baked meatloaf, it's right up there with mom, apple pie and Chevrolet.

You might be saying, Hey it's just meatloaf, and you would be right, but meatloaf dates back to the ancient Romans who minced bits of meat and mixed it with herbs before cooking. Also, moms have feed families meatloaf to help stretch the mighty dollar and with grocery prices the way they are, meatloaf is a good thing to take another look at. Savory, moist and filling, make enough for meatloaf sandwiches tomorrow, cause it's always better the second day. Give meatloaf a chance, please!! Love to you all.

No comments:

Post a Comment