Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Cooking and Entertaining: Meatloaf

this isn't the prettiest picture of meatloaf, but it's delicious


Even though many of my friends think I have a sophisticated palate, I love comfort food.  Chicken pot pie, chili and meatloaf are some of my favorites, especially when it’s cold outside.

I’ve been making this meatloaf recipe for years, and it’s one of our family favorites. We love it the first night and and enjoy it even more in sandwiches the next day. Even though it goes against my general health beliefs, use the fattiest hamburger possible in this recipe. Most of the fat will render out, but the additional fat makes the meatloaf tender and juicy. Bon Appétit!

the ingredients

I like to combine the other ingredients before adding the hamburger

After placing the meatloaf into a baking dish, turn it out into a rimmed dish

cover with bacon

top with sauce

As you can see, most of the fat has rendered out. Oddly, I like the charred bacon on top


Meatloaf

2 lb.  hamburger (Use the fattiest hamburger to make the meatloaf tender and taste better.)
1/2 C.  chopped onion
1/2 tsp.  chopped garlic
1/4 C.  chopped red, yellow, green or orange pepper
1/3 C.  oatmeal
2  eggs
1-1/2 tsp.  salt
1/2 tsp.  pepper
5 slices  bacon
Sauce

Prepare the sauce and set aside. Mix the hamburger, onion, garlic, pepper, oatmeal, eggs, salt, pepper and half the sauce. Press into a loaf pan and turn out into another rimmed pan.  Top with bacon and then with sauce.  Bake at 400ºF for 60 minutes.


Sauce

1 C.  catsup
2 Tbsp.  Dijon mustard
1-1/2 Tbsp.  brown sugar

Combine all ingredients.

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