Actually, that statement puts a lot of pressure on me. It isn’t some new reinvention of meatloaf, but I do promise you that it won’t be like the dry and flavorless hunk of meat that you may remember from childhood. I was feeling like some old-fashioned comfort food on this cold midwestern day so I decided to give it a go with cooking my very own meatloaf, which I have never attempted to make. It turned out quite delicious so I thought since I can’t send a sample over the internet, I would share the recipe.
Erin’s Meatloaf Recipe (Made with Love and Food)
2 teaspoons salt (give or take)
2 teaspoons black pepper (same as above)
1 teaspoon (or more) garlic powder OR two cloves of chopped garlic
Fresh parsley and other herbs (I did rosemary, thyme, marjoram, and parsley)
A dash or two of smoked paprika (normal paprika will do as well obviously)
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1/2 cup bread crumbs (I used panko)
2 lbs lean ground beef
2 stalks of celery, diced (or more if you want)
2 shallots, diced, or just 1 onion
1 large carrot, diced
1/3 cup of ketchup
1 tablespoon brown sugar
1 tablespoon BBQ sauce
Note: You can basically put whatever veggies you want in here. It is literally a slab of meat that you shape out of whatever sounds good.
1. Mix the eggs, Worcestershire, salt, pepper, paprika, herbs, and vegetables in a large bowl. Crumble in the ground beef slowly over the egg mixture. Add the bread crumbs. Helpful hint: Don’t over mix it. It is best to use your hands because it is the closest you can get to adult play doh.
2. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
3. Spray a baking pan with PAM and shape that meat into a loaf. I bet you never guessed.
4. Bake the meatloaf for 15 minutes. Decrease heat to 350 degrees and bake 1 hour.
5. Mix the brown sugar, ketchup, and BBQ sauce. Baste the meatloaf with the mixture and cook for an additional 10-15 minutes.
6. Once the meatloaf is done, take it out of the oven and place aluminum foil over the top. Wait another 15 minutes for the meatloaf to set. It will smell delicious so this may be the hardest part of the whole ordeal.
Enjoy over mashed potatoes. Because potatoes are one of the world’s greatest gifts (along with Chris Hemsworth’s body and puppies).