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What’s for dinner? MEATLOAF.

2 March 2011

YAY! My first dinner recipe. A very easy homemade meatloaf that is sure to convert meatloaf-haters into believers. I needed to make something for dinner, so when I was at the grocery store I noticed that they had packages of ground pork, veal and beef especially for meatloaf. It has always been something I’ve enjoyed, but I’ve never had the chance to make it myself and, frankly, the meatloaf my mom made wasn’t very good (sorry mom!!!). Anyways here it is:

What you’re gonna need:

Veal, pork and beef!

For the meatloaf:

  • 1.5 pounds of ground meat (any mixture you want)
  • 1 egg
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 1 carrot, shredded (I used a box grater)
  • 1 clove of garlic, minced
  • 1 or 2 slices of bread (for breadcrumbs)
  • ~1/2 tsp dried thyme
  • 1 tbsp dijon mustard
  • 1 tbsp ketchup
  • 1 tbsp worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tbsp chopped parsley
  • salt and pepper

Glaze:

  • 1/3 cup ketchup
  • 1-2 tbsp brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tbsp dijon mustard

Okay, it looks like a lot of stuff, but it’s not very difficult to do. Now here’s how to do it:

1. Sauté the onions, carrot and garlic in a pan with butter over medium heat until the onions are translucent (add the onions first, then garlic, then carrot). Allow to cool to room temperature.

The cooked mixture of onion and carrot.

2. Meanwhile, to make breadcrumbs, heat the bread slices in an oven at about 250° F until fairly dry all the way through (don’t want to brown much). Allow to cool then pulse in a food processor. If you want, you can just use store-bought breadcrumbs.

3. BE PREPARED TO GET MESSY. Mix together your meat well (I had pork, veal and beef) with your hands then add the egg, the onion mixture, the breadcrumbs and then the rest of the ingredients. Mix well until a uniform mixture is achieved.

Appetizing, eh? Get yer hands in there good!

4. Bake in a loaf pan or shape into a loaf and bake on a baking sheet. Bake at 350° F for 50 minutes. Be prepared for a lot of juices to leak from the meat loaf.

5. Mix together all the ingredients for the glaze.

6. After 50 minutes, spread the glaze on top of the meatloaf (you may not need all of it) and bake for at least another 10 minutes.

7. Remove from the oven and allow to rest for a few minutes. ENJOY :)

The meatloaf was very moist and yummy. I decided to serve it with mashed potatoes. It was very filling too…! Unfortunately my pictures weren’t that great…it’s kinda hard to make meatloaf look attractive. Oh well.

Approximate time needed: 30 min prep, 1 hr cooking

Serves: ~4 people

 

 

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