Monday, January 17, 2011

Classic Meatloaf

While meatloaf doesn't exactly take a pretty picture, you can't judge a recipe by it's photo. If you've never have meatloaf before, where have you been living? If you have had the opportunity to indulged but found it dry and tasteless, I urge you to take a chance and try this recipe. It's flavorful and moist and perhaps the best meatloaf I have ever tasted. Sauteed onions and garlic combined with just a few simple ingredients really makes a huge difference. This is also a recipe that is easily doubled for when you have a few more mouths to feed.

What You Need:

1lb ground beef

1 large onion, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 tbs oil
1 tbs Worcestershire sauce
2 tbs ketchup or tomato paste
1/2 tsp dried thyme
1 egg
1/2 c cracker or bread crumbs
salt and pepper

What To Do:

In a small skillet, sautee the onions and garlic in the oil over medium heat. You want to soften them but not get to much color on them. Once they're cooked, turn off the heat and add in the Worcestershire sauce, ketchup, thyme and lots of salt and pepper. Give it all a stir and set aside to cool.

In a large bowl, combine the ground beef with the egg, onion mixture and bread crumbs. You want to do this without compacting the meat or mixing it to much. The meat could become tough and dry if you over mix it. Once it's combined, form it into a loaf and place in an 11x8 baking dish. Bake for about 1 hour at 350 degree. To make it even better, drape a few pieces of bacon over the top before baking the loaf.

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