Yesterday was rainy, cold day and I was definitely craving some comfort food for dinner. As I’ve noted many times in posts, I have been adjusting from making recipes for four people most nights to now making it only for two. I really hate wasting food so I’m constantly trying to make sure the recipes I use are substantial enough for two people but not too much more. Kevin requested meatloaf and since I haven’t made that in a long time, I decided to try another recipe from the blog “Reservation for Two.” I stuck pretty close to the recipe, although I made a few small changes to add some more flavor and use the items I had in my cupboard. The final product was definitely a keeper–with some instant mashed potatoes, it was a perfect portion for the two of us. Kevin cleaned his plate and raved about it, so I know it’s one I will be making again. And again. Even though this week is going to be crazy, I like having these easy to make recipes ready to go instead of just popping in a frozen pizza.
Meatloaf for Two
Total Time: about 45 minutes
Cook: 30 minutes
- 1/2 pound lean ground beef (I used 93% lean)
- 1/2 tablespoon olive oil or butter
- 1/4 medium sweet onion, diced
- 1 clove garlic, minced or minced garlic from the seasoning aisle
- 1/4 medium red pepper, finely chopped
- 1/2-1 teaspoon thyme (depending on how much you want, I use dried ones as then don’t have to worry about wasting it)
- 1 large egg (or liquid egg substitute)
- 1/3 cup (plus about 2 tablespoons more as was too liquidy) dry bread crumbs
- 1/2 cup ketchup
- 1/2 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
- 1 tablespoon chili sauce (Heinz or other brand)
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
2. Heat olive oil or butter over medium heat and cook onion & garlic until tender (about 2-3 minutes).
3. Add red pepper and then cook another 3 minutes. Add thyme and bit of Worcestershire sauce cook another 2 minutes.
4. Remove from heat and let cool for a few minutes.
5. Combine beef, eggs, bread crumbs, 1/4 cup ketchup, 1/2 tablespoon chili sauce, Worcestershire sauce, salt, pepper and cooled vegetables in a small mixing bowl. Mix together and form a loaf.
6. Place loaf on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or greased aluminum foil. Top with mix of rest of ketchup, chili sauce, and dash of Worcestershire sauce.
7. Bake around 30 minutes or until meat is firm and cooked through.