I wonder what people from other countries think about the fact that we grind up perfectly good meat, form it into a loaf, top it with ketchup and then bake it.
And, we think it is delicious.
It is sort of weird if you think about it.
There were a number of years during which I didn’t eat or even enjoy meatloaf. I pretty much felt like the two words shouldn’t be used together. Meat. Loaf. I think it was the loaf part that got to me.
This guy didn’t help matters much either.
Yeah. Sorry about that.
Anyway, it wasn’t until Tim and I began cohabiting that I rediscovered meatloaf. It started with a turkey meatloaf. I still make this recipe from time to time. It is a healthy recipe and helps balance out the mashed potatoes.
More recently, Olivia’s Nana, made her more traditional meatloaf recipe on their last visit here to Colorado. Then, when we last visited Illinois, she gave me a whole booklet of recipes to use with ground beef, including the meatloaf recipe. She has graciously allowed me to share it with you here. Thanks, Nana Rosellen!
This is a very simple recipe that requires only 6 ingredients. Ground beef, onion, bread, egg, ketchup, and salt.
The bread should be dry. Just leave a couple slices out on the counter in the morning and the bread should be good to go by dinner time. Tear the bread into small pieces and chop your onion.
In a large bowl, mix together the beef, onion, egg, bread, and salt. It is easiest to use your hands to accomplish this, but be sure to wash up thoroughly afterwards. E. coli sucks, man.
Form the meat into a loaf in an ungreased casserole pan. When I did this, I thought the chunks of bread and onion looked rather large and I wondered if I should have chopped them more finely. We didn’t notice them in the final product though. Your loaf should also have a well down the middle to hold the ketchup.
Fill the well with ketchup. I’m not sure how much I used. I just squirted it in there until it appeared full.
Bake in a 350 degree preheated oven for one hour. This is a classic meatloaf. It is dense, but moist. We love to enjoy it with mashed potato and steamed veggies.
Here’s the complete recipe:
1 lb. Ground beef
2 slices dry bread, torn in pieces
1 medium onion, chopped
1 teaspoon salt
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Use hands to combine first five ingredients thoroughly. Shape in a loaf with a lengthwise depression, filling with ketchup and sprinkle with black pepper. Bake in an ungreased casserole dish for one hour.