Thursday, November 3, 2011

More Comfort Food: Meatloaf

Meatloaf. I like meatloaf, but sometimes I have anti-meatloaf sentiments, probably because there have been dry, hard meatloaves in my past, maybe because for a long time growing up, every Monday was meatloaf day. Meatloaf is deceptive - it seems easy to make, but a truly yummy meatloaf involves a bit of effort.
We made our meatloaves Monday evening, after dinner & trick-or-treat. Yes, plural, meatloaves. Why? I like beef and pork. SP wanted turkey & pork. And there's my first meatloaf tip: never make an all beef meatloaf. So much better with a mix of meat.

The meatloaf seasoning is pretty much whatever you want. We never follow a recipe. Usually we add some combination of bread crumbs, egg, parsley, Dijon mustard, onion, and Worcestershire. Worcestershire is key. I love Worcestershire in meatloaf and am very generous with it. Onion is also key - it helps keep the meat moist (or so I've had many Food Network chefs tell me). Bread crumbs are optional. My parents have made meatloaf without bread crumbs. I like a small amount. This time we used up our panko and then added a bit of Progresso Italian Breadcrumbs. We also added some chopped mushrooms.

My guess is my meatloaf was about 1 lb total. SP's was probably closer to 1.5 lbs. After shaping the loaves, we put them on foil lined cookie sheets and covered them with plastic wrap then put them in the refrigerator. Tuesday evening, I baked them at 350 for about an hour.

While the meatloaves cooked, I sauteed the rest of the mushrooms with some onions, adding in some salt, pepper, and thyme:
And we 'cheated' and baked some Pillsbury frozen flaky biscuits:
And microwaved frozen, not fresh, green beans:
My meatloaf was delicious and moist. Sometimes I like to dip meatloaf in BBQ sauce, sometimes in A1 steak sauce, and sometimes I like to make cucumbers & tomatoes in vinegar and then let the vinegar soak into my meatloaf. SP likes ketchup on his meatloaf. I forgot to take photos of his meatloaf.
Next time I think I'd like to try adding some pureed vegetables into the meatloaves. I've never done that before, but after we made our meatloaves, I saw a post at Cooking For My Dad and she added sauteed & pureed veggies to her meatloaf. It sounds good, and I suspect helps keep it moist.

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