Mmmm, meatloaf! I grew up with meatloaf, albeit a very basic version. My mom was a good cook but there wasn't much variety to our meals (very basic-- meat, potato and veggie), and the only seasonings I remember using were salt, pepper and Lawrys. There was a time when she made liver and onions...and I used to eat it and like it. Eeeww...moving on...the topic is meatloaf!
A bit of meatloaf trivia... (from my trusted sources at Wikipedia)
- Meatloaf has European origins, dating back to the 5th century.
- It is a traditional German/Belgian/Dutch dish.
- It is cousin to the Italian meatball.
- American meatloaf has it's origins in scrapple a mixture of ground pork and cornmeal served by German-Americans in Pennsylvania since Colonial times.
- The American version is usually topped with ketchup.
- Happens to be Marvin O'Day's rocker name, and one of my all time favorites from the 80s. Did I mention I met him once upon a time? Did I mention I still listen to both Bat Out of Hell I & II?
For today's post, however, I did measure everything and checked it twice so I could share the recipe.
MEAT MIXTURE INGREDIENTS:
2 lbs ground beef
1/2 cup crumbled bacon (I use Hormel Real Crumbled Bacon)
2/3 cup milk
1 cup oatmeal
2 Tbsp parsley
2 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce
1 tsp salt
1 tsp dry mustard
1/2 tsp pepper
1/2 tsp granulated garlic (or garlic powder)
Yes, I know not all the ingredients are pictured...and yes, the onions and spinach are for the stuffing mixture.
1 Tbsp butter
1 medium onion, chopped
1 cup fresh leaf spinach
2 cups soft bread, cubed (I used whole wheat bread)
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp sage
1/2 tsp thyme
1 cup cheddar/jack cheese, shredded
Bake in 375 oven for 1 hour 10 minutes or until cooked through completely. Drain off fat. Let stand 5 minutes before cutting.
Next time, for a different variation, I think I'll stuff it with a layer of cheddar cheese, followed by sliced tomatoes, a layer of feta cheese and a layer of sliced mushrooms. Hey Trudy! Remember those giant stuffed burgers we made on the grill when we were in high school? Yeah, I'll make them like that. :)
Makes 8 servings
Gute Meatloaf!! (English translation: Good meatloaf!)