Monday, September 15, 2014
Not Lazy Meatloaf
Hi, my name is Anita and I'm a recovering lazy meatloaf maker. Maybe you can relate, maybe not, but this is my story. I grew up eating and liking meatloaf. My mother made it and taught me to make it. We were a meatloaf eating family. When I grew up and began my own life, I continued to make meatloaf but that life got a little busy. Shortcuts began to creep in.
And suddenly, people didn't like the meatloaf and didn't want to eat it. Fine. I'll eat it. I think it tastes good. Except, I didn't really and started making it less often. And then not at all. But take me to any diner or casual restaurant that offered it and you could bet I'd be ordering the meatloaf. Why, I'd wonder, can't I cook it this good at home? I can cook almost anything. And the truth set in. I am a lazy meatloaf maker. Don't be like me. Don't do as I've done. Do as I will now do. Any meatloaf that's born in my kitchen from now on will have been made properly, in the non-lazy method. And it will be good. Enjoy!
1 lb. Ground beef *
2 Tablespoons olive oil
1 Onion, peeled and diced
4 Cloves garlic, peeled and minced
1/4 Cup seasoned breadcrumbs
1/3 Cup milk
1 Tablespoon chopped chives
1 Tablespoon chopped parsley
1 Teaspoon fresh thyme leaves
Salt & pepper to taste (I used a 1/2 teaspoon of salt and 1/4 teaspoon of pepper)
* Because the beef is the dominant flavor, it's important to buy high quality ground beef. You can choose to use a mixture of beef, veal and pork but I advise against buying the supermarket "meatloaf mix" unless you know the quality.
In a large bowl, add the ground beef, egg, milk, breadcrumbs, herbs, seasoning and the onion and garlic mixture. Gently fold the mixture together with your hands and do not overwork it. Place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and mold into a loaf shape. Bake in a pre-heated 350 degree oven for 45-55 minutes or until the top is a light golden brown. Makes approximately 8 slices or 4 servings.
I served the meatloaf with the same, simple gravy as in my Swedish Meatballs.