Okay, so I got many more likes than I originally anticipated for my picture of my first meatloaf attempt. I figured it may be helpful to share the recipe I used. The thing is though, meatloaf is pretty flexible so you can more or less use whatever you have in your fridge. As usual, I wanted to do something that was simple and didn’t take a lot of hands-on time.
Ingredients for main loaf:
– 1.5 lb ground meat: I used a mix of pork, lamb, and veal but really anything will do.
– 1 cup bread crumbs
– 1 cup milk
– 1 egg
– 1 onion, diced
– 2 garlic cloves
– 1/2 cup mushrooms, diced
– 1/8 stick of butter
– 1 Tablespoon Worcestershire sauce (I didn’t actually have any, so I used soy sauce, hot sauce, and lemon juice as a substitute)
– herbs and spices: I used salt, pepper, cilantro
Ingredients for sauce:
– ~1/3 cup Ketchup
– Dash of Mustard
– 2 Tablespoons Brown Sugar (ProTip: my brown sugar was super hard and lumpy, so to regenerate it, I just put it in a bowl with a wet paper towel on top and microwaved it for 25 seconds)
– 2 Tablespoon BBQ Sauce
– 1 Tablespoon Hot Sauce (add as much or as little as you’d like)
– 1 Teaspoon Worcestershire sauce (or substitute) – this is also optional.
– Preheat oven to 350F
– Saute garlic, onion, and mushrooms in butter until onions are translucent.
– Then mix all of the ingredients for the main loaf together. I found it easier to add in the bread crumbs and milk like 1/3 of a cup at a time.
– Form the meat mix into a loaf and place into a greased pan
– To make the sauce, just mix together all the sauce ingredients in a small bowl
– Spread the saucy goodness on the meat
– Bake in oven for about an hour
– Be sure to let the meat rest a bit before you cut into it!
My meatloaf ended up being really juicy and tasty. I was really happy with how it turned out, especially considering it was my first try at it. I loved this dish because of how forgiving it can be… all the ingredients are incredibly flexible and you can pretty much add whatever you’d like. Also, I mean let’s be honest here, any hunk of meat that big is almost bound to be delicious as long as you don’t overcook it.
Here’s a couple of pictures I took. I’ll be the first to admit that this probably wasn’t the prettiest thing ever (…it IS a big slab of meat…) but who cares as long as it’s delicious, ya?: