Sometimes we have just had enough food! During November and December we ate every imaginable thing. We ate out a lot, we had turkey, ham, prime rib, lobster and who knows what else. Well, what are we going to have for dinner tonight? Yes, everyday we have to make that decision. I am so full I can't even think of a thing that sounds good. However, we still feel the need to eat. I guess it's time to pull out the good old comfort foods and feel the love! My mom never made meat loaf so I don't have her secret recipe. Over the years I have seen recipes with just about everything put into meat loaves. Finally, I came up with this easy recipe that my husband and I like. It's very simple and basic, sometimes that is the best thing. Of course, you can add whatever you like. Don't forget the leftovers on this one and it makes great sandwiches.
Grammy’s Meat Loaf
1 Tablespoon Cooking Oil
1 cup Yellow or White Onion, fine chopped
1 or 2 cloves Garlic, fine chopped
1 teaspoon Thyme, fresh or dried
1/2 teaspoon Kosher Salt
1/2 teaspoon Black Pepper
2 lbs. Ground Beef (I use 80 to 90% Fat Free)
2 slices Whole Wheat Bread, cut in small cubes and crumbled (use your favorite bread)
1/2 cup Beef Stock (I use Better Than Bouillon brand, lower sodium)
2 Tablespoons Worcestershire Sauce
1 large Egg
1/2 cup Ketchup (for the topping plus extra for serving on the side)
In a shallow fry pan, bring Cooking Oil to medium heat and saute the Onion, Garlic, Thyme, Salt and Pepper until the onion is translucent, but not brown, about 10 minutes. Remove pan from heat and allow to cool just a bit.
In a large mixing bowl, combine the Ground Beef with the Bread crumbles. Do this lightly and just enough to break up the Ground Beef. Make a hole in the center of your meat mixture.
In a small bowl, combine the Beef Stock, Worcestershire Sauce and Egg. Pour this liquid and the Onion and Garlic mixture into the hole you made in the Ground Beef and using your hands, gently mix everything until it is just combined. You don’t want to over work your Ground Beef or it will become too dense. You want a nice light mixture!
Gently form the meat mixture into a loaf shape on a foil lined baking pan or dish. Spread the Ketchup evenly over the top of the Meat Loaf and bake for about an hour in a 350˚ oven. You want the internal temperature to be 160˚ so it is cooked all the way through.
I usually serve mashed potatoes and green beans with my meatloaf, along with extra Ketchup. Leftovers make really good sandwiches with a little mayonnaise and Ketchup spread on your bread. Pure Comfort Food!!!
|Ready to bake!|
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