Meatloaf On My Mind

 

Meatloaf is one of our old family favorites.

 

If you hadn’t guessed by some of our posts of late, my wife and I have been busy helping my father-in-law downsize.  As it inevitably happens, either “Dad” or my wife will be going through some cupboard of his and one or more items will ultimately be offered to us—as if we didn’t already have too much stuff to begin with.  Such was the case today, when my wife pulled out several small baking pans and suggested we take them home.  “They were perfect,” she said, “for making a small meatloaf.”

 

As is typical when she suggests taking yet another family “treasure” back to our place, I could only stare aghast.  In my estimation, we don’t need more clutter in our already over cluttered kitchen.  And it’s not like you can’t cook a meatloaf in any baking dish—we’ve got plenty of options! In the end, my silent glare was all it took to reduce her original five pans down to two, but somehow I think she still won this round.

 

As we drove home, all that hard bargaining over meatloaf pans must have planted a seed in our weary brains for we decided to have meatloaf for dinner.  Now, I’ve made a meatloaf or two in the past, but I doubt one ever had the same ingredients.  This meant my wife would cook the meal and here’s what she came up with.

 

First, she gathered her ingredients:

 

Looks like we're having meatloaf.

If planning meatloaf, start with these basics.

1 pound ground hamburger (she chose the lean grade)

1/2 onion (about 3/4 cup finely chopped)

1 egg

1/2 cup quick oats

1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce

1/4 teaspoon ground pepper

1/2 teaspoon salt

Here's an old cupboard standby.

If you don't have this, you can try adding a little celery salt and paprika.

1 teaspoon Old Bay Seasoning Mix

2-3 tablespoons BBQ Sauce

 

Preparation

 

The nice thing about meatloaf is it goes together quickly and leftovers are great for sandwiches.  Here’s what to do:

 

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

 

Use a lean grade of hamburger.

Place your hamburger in a mixing bowl.

Break up the ground beef into a large mixing bowl.

 

I love onions in everything.

Mince the onions and add to the meat.

Mince the onion and add it to the beef.

 

Break an egg over beef and onions, or do what my wife did and break the egg into a separate bowl first.  There is an advantage to breaking any egg into a separate bowl as occasionally you’ll run across a bad one and this prevents it from spoiling the recipe.

 

Pour the egg over the top.

Crack an egg into a separate bowl.

One other note: My wife likes to beat  the egg with a fork first before pouring it over the top, though it should mix in at the end, in either case.

 

Quick oats are already broken up into finer bits.

You can substitute bread crumbs or crackers for oatmeal.

Measure out the oats and add to the rest.  Quick oats are recommended as the oats are cut up into smaller pieces than regular oats.  Also, if you don’t have oats, you can substitute bread crumbs or crackers.

 

Add the Worcestershire sauce.

 

Hey, we're almost done, now.

Add the Worcestershire and other seasoning.

Finally, add the salt, pepper, and Old Bay Seasoning.

 

Get out a baking pan and set it to one side.

 

This is the fun part of mixing meatloaf.

Wash your hands thoroughly before and after mixing the meatloaf.

Now for the fun part: First, wash your hands thoroughly and then mix the meatloaf with your bare hands.  Squeeze it together, turn it over, and push it around.  You want to mix until everything is well combined.

 

Don't forget to set the timer as you pop the meatloaf in the oven.

After mixing shape into a loaf. You're ready to cook.

Shape the mix into a loaf in your baking pan.  This time around, my wife used a glass bread pan for baking, though as I mentioned almost any will do.

 

Cook about 15 to 20 minutes more after adding the BBQ sauce.

About 30 minutes in, brush on BBQ sauce and cook until done.

Put the meatloaf in the oven and set the timer for 30 minutes.  When the timer goes off, brush the BBQ sauce over the top and cook another 15-20 minutes or until done.  Allow to cool a few minutes before serving.

 

Serves 3-4 depending on appetite and portion.

 

Though the meatloaf was delicious with a little catsup on the side, I still have a beef: That’s the first meatloaf I’ve had in months and we didn’t cook it in either of our new baking pans.  So, honey, please tell me why we needed to bring them home with us!

 

Enjoy!

 

 

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One Response to Meatloaf On My Mind

  • Connie Nichols says:

    Funny! Hey, if you mix it in a flat-bottomed bowl, potato masher works well and keeps hands clean!

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