Monday, April 07, 2008

I would do anything for love...but I won't eat that.

My Dad's favorite meal was meatloaf...more specifically, the meatloaf sandwich that came the day after meatloaf. Why he didn't make the meatloaf into sandwiches initially I'm not sure, but it probably had something to do with it congealing in the refrigerator all night. My least favorite meal: meatloaf. I hated it! I think because it entailed green peppers and onions...I don't have anything against meat, or loaf. I would vehemently complain on meatloaf night, usually eat a little and then have something else later on. Well, I've been missing him a lot lately and I watched Billy Joel's wife (a whole other story) make meatloaf on Oprah, and I decided to find a recipe that I could actually stomach. I found a great one. I loved it. Tony said it tasted like a double cheeseburger from MickeyD's. His favorite guilty pleasure.

This is the recipe as I made it:

1 pound ground beef
2/3 C milk
1/2 C cracker crumbs
1/4 C ketchup
1/2 C finely chopped onion (I use dehydrated onion because I like the flavor but not the texture.)
1 t salt
1/8 t black pepper
1 egg, beaten
1/4 C brown sugar
2 T mustard
3/4 C shredded cheese (I used co-jack cause it's my fave)

Mix thoroughly and bake at 350 for hour or so, until the top is crispy and the inside is done. I served it with brown gravy and mashed potatoes. I felt so 1950's.

It was great the way it was, but these are changes I would make.

  • half the amount of brown sugar as it was a bit sweet
  • lessen the amount of ketchup for the same reason
  • double the amount of cracker crumbs as it was slightly mushy
  • double the amount of beaten egg for the same reason
  • sprinkle a little brown sugar over the top so it's extra crispy on top

1 comment:

Free Spirit said...

How funny! I watched her on Oprah the other day too. Also funny is that I made meatloaf for dinner tonight! Gary loves LOVES it. I use my mom's recipe (which does not involve brown sugar or peppers) If you ever want to try another good recipe, let me know. I prefer a little bit saltier than sweet meatloaf, and I use rolled oats instead of crumbs. Anyway - it's tasty.