I know, I know, it’s been awhile… what can I say, we’ve been very busy with the New Year.
Let’s talk about what’s for dinner tonight. Have you thought about it yet? Please don’t order one of those “chef boxes” that I see advertised on Television for $60+ per meal. Think about what you’d like to eat, write down the ingredients, and look in your cupboards, `fridge and freezer … have you got all that you need? No? Then go to the market on the way home from work or maybe on your break and make some REAL FOOD!
Okay, I’ll get off my stump now.
Auntie Doni’s All American MeatLoaf
½ lb. each, ground Beef, Pork (I use Hot Italian Sausage for even more flavor) and Veal (also look in the market for “Meatloaf Mix”)
½ C. Fresh Bread Crumbs (if you must, use the stuff from the store)
1 Large Egg, beaten
1 Tbsp. dried Oregano
2 Garlic cloves, minced
4 Tbsp. Flat Leaf Parsley, chopped
Just enough Milk to moisten the bread, about 1-2 Tbsp.
S&P to Taste
About 4-5 strips of Bacon
Preheat the oven to 350⁰F.
Line a sheet pan with Aluminum Foil.
In a large bowl, add the bread crumbs, herbs and spices. Add just enough milk (or half and half, whatever you have) to moisten the bread, and mash it all up with a fork. Beat in the egg. With impeccably clean hands, combine the meat with the bread mixture.
Shape into a loaf form on the sheet pan and then enrobe with the BACON.
Bake for 1-1 1/4 hours until the internal temperature reads 160⁰F or the bacon is crisp.
*Auntie’s Tip-Don’t bake everything in a ‘loaf pan’. This will just make a greasy-icky-gross mess of things. If you like, you could line the loaf pan with the bacon (give it a spray of Pam first), pack in the meat, fold over any tails of BACON and then turn this all out onto that foil-lined sheet pan to cook.
Roast some Potatoes alongside the Meatloaf for about the last 30 minutes. We like Soycutash with ours too.
Now, how much did that cost you? $10? … and this should feed 4 people. Hmmm, that’s $2.50 per person and YOU made it from start to finish; your family is happy and has full tummies. You just saved yourself fifty bucks over that stuff you would have ordered on line.