My Favorite Meatloaf

As promised here’s the fantastic meatloaf recipe.  It’s the best meatloaf I’ve ever had but I’m admittedly biased.  One, Mom’s meatloaf recipe is seasonless and she layers ketchup and American cheese on top – which I hate.  Two, it’s quite possibly the first recipe I ever tried.  Way back in the day (like 3 years ago) when Cara and I lived in the same building and she introduced me to spices, garlic and the concept of cooking, she gave me this recipe.  As I’m sentimental about such things this recipe has a special place in my heart.  It’s Danny’s favorite meal and a staple in our house.  He agrees that it’s the best meatloaf he’s ever had but he’s also free with the compliments when it involves food.

Meatloaf

  • 2 eggs beaten 
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 2/3 cup bread crumbs
  • 1/4 cup chopped onion
  • 2 tablespoons parsley
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried sage, basil, or oregano
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 – 1 1/2 pounds ground beef
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon mustard

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Combine beaten eggs, milk, bread crumbs, onion, parsley, salt, sage/basil/oregano, and pepper.  Add meat and mix well.  Lightly pat into loaf pan (I put Reynold’s wrap in the pan to prevent sticking and help drain fat later). Bake for 60 to 70 minutes (depends on how much meat you use).  I spoon off the fat at the 30 and 60 minute mark.

Combine ketchup, brown sugar, mustard and spread over top. Bake 10 more minutes.  Remove from oven and let stand 10 minutes.

Serves 8

To accompany the meal I made Giada’s Cheesy Mashed Potatoes.  It was my contribution to Thanksgiving and they were a hit.

After dinner I decided to search for the long anticipated Ben & Jerry’s Cannoli ice cream.  Danny was down for a cruise and according to their website Kroger in Bloomfield Hills had some.  Not interested in a wasted trip I called and they didn’t have any.  I called some other stores listed on the website, tweeted B&J and finally turned to cold calling.  My first dial was to Busch’s and as luck would have it they had some!  I never shop at Busch’s but they will now be my go to place, especially since we’re moving close by.  Danny’s family has been going there for years and he loves it.  I was finally able to try the ice cream and it’s good but it’s not making a favorites list.  It needs some ricotta.


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