Thursday, March 31, 2011

Comfort Food Meatloaf

This is good, mid-western, stick to your ribs food.  I can't eat like this often, but every so often, you need a meal your grandmother would have made.  I needed a comfort food meal tonight, so I made one of my favorites - meatloaf.


2 pounds moderately lean ground beef, pork, or lamb.  For great taste, use a little of each.  You need a little fat to keep the loaf from drying out.
2 pounds ground turkey or chicken
2 large eggs
1/4 cup milk
1/2 cup rolled oats or spiced bread crumbs
1 large white onion, chopped fine, or 1/2 cup dried onions
Canadian steak seasoning, to taste (dried garlic, course salt, and course ground black pepper)
Worcestershire Sauce, to taste
Optional - Red pepper flake or Hot sauce to taste.

Wash hands
Mix all ingredients in large mixing bowl.  Best results are gained if done using your hands.
Scoop mix into 9x13 pan.  Pat into uniform thickness in the pan.  I've also seen this done where the mix was put into muffin tins to make little individual loaves.  If you do that, adjust your cook time down a bit.
Wash hands
Place into 375 degree oven for 1 hour to 1 hour 15 minutes.  Center of loaf will be approximately 175 to 180 degrees when done.  Let rest for 10 minutes after removing from the oven.

Yes, wash your hands several times.  You're going to be working your hands through raw meat here.

Serve with your favorite comfort starch, such as mashed potatoes or mac n cheese, and at least one vegetable.

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