Wednesday, September 24, 2008


As I promised you yesterday, I present to you the most housewifely dish ever: Meatloaf.

Meatloaf is one of those dishes that always feels like Sunday. It does take a while to cook, but not all day, so you can have meatloaf whenever. Meatloaf is also one of those dishes where once you have the basic recipe down, you can modify it in any number of ways. Since I am a cook without a cookbook type of girl, I usually just throw stuff in a bowl and see how it comes out. Every damn time I make meatloaf it tastes different. Every. Damn. Time.

1 cup bread crumbs, I used Italian seasoned
2/3 cup milk
1 medium onion, finely chopped
3 garlic cloves, minced
2 medium celery rib, finely chopped
2 medium carrot, finely chopped
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
1/2 tablespoon dried basil
1/2 tablespoon dried oregano
1 1/2 lb ground beef chuck
1/2 lb ground pork
2 large eggs
1/3 cup finely chopped flat-leaf parsley
2/3 cups ketchup
1/4 cup brown sugar

~Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

~Cook onion, garlic, celery and carrot in butter in a large skillet over medium heat until tender, about 10 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in Worcestershire sauce, allspice, basil, oregano and salt and pepper to taste.

~Combine the vegetable mixture with the bread crumbs and add the beef, pork, eggs, milk and parsley and mix together with your hands.

~Shape the mixture into a loaf and place on a broiler pan. Coat the top of the meatloaf with the ketchup and sprinkle with brown sugar.

~Bake for 1 hour. Let stand 10 minutes before serving.

1 comment:

Kira said...

I don't think I've ever made the same meatloaf recipe twice...