Meatloaf is not really welcome at our house. Matt and the girls don’t really care for it. Oddly enough my dad also doesn’t like meatloaf so my mom never made it. I really love meatloaf, I feel so left out. Over the years, I have tried here and there to make meatloaf…without much success. Never have I heard: “wow, that was great, please make that again”. NEVER. But I am stubborn, I don’t give up. So here I am trying to find yet another way to make this so my peeps love it. One of the failed attempts was putting brown sugar on top of the meatloaf, needless to say I ended up eating it for a week. No one would touch it. I even tried putting hard boiled eggs in the middle…didn’t work at all. I guess knowing your family should be your guide when you try to come up with a new recipe. I should know this…I do know this. Here is what “my” basic meatloaf is:
1.5 pounds ground meat
3 slices wholewheat bread
1/2 cup milk
1 onion finely diced
1 carrot finely diced
1 celery rib finely diced
1 garlic clove finely chopped
salt and pepper
1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
1/4 cup ketchup
1 tablespoon worcestershire sauce (I actually had to get the bottle out of the fridge to spell it)
splash hot sauce
7-8 bacon strips (I used thick bacon)
Preheat your oven to 375F
In a small bowl put your bread, I tear mine into “chunks”, then add your milk. Set aside.
In a large bowl put your meat and all your ingredients except your bacon. Add your milk soaked bread. Using your hand, best tools you have! Mix everything well, but do not overwork your mixture, otherwise it will break down your meat and actually remove “meat” flavor.
In a Dutch oven or an oven proof pan, shape your meatloaf into a “you guessed it” loaf! Dress with your bacon, let’s take a look:
I like to tuck the bacon under the loaf, making a nice little packet. Put in your preheated oven for 1 hour. Remove from the oven and careful set your loaf on a serving platter. Let this rest for 1-2 minutes. Slice and serve!
And here is one of our plates, served with smashed potatoes and gravy.
OK….ready for more?
Using your pan from the oven, remove your loaf but do not clean the pan (but do remove excess fat!). Add 1/2 cup of red wine and reduce for 1-2 minutes. Add a green peppercorn gravy mix or brown gravy mix. (really, just use your favorite) Add 1 cup of beef broth. Bring to a simmer and let this thicken. Serve.
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Peace and Gravy;
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Note #2: my recipe is also featured on Delightfully Dowling: Mangia Mondays
as well as: Savannah\’s Savory Bites