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A Pound Of Ground Beef Never Looked (or tasted) So Good

I don’t know why I don’t make it more often.  It’s always a hit.  The leftovers (if any) are even better.  Meatloaf is something that fits a tight budget, and tastes like the food of kings if you make it right.  I’ve never heard a complaint yet, and I always do it this way with:

  • 1 lb 80/20 ground beef
  • 5 saltine crackers (crushed)
  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 2 heels of old bread pulsed in the processor to crumbs
  • 2 medium carrots sliced thinly with a veggie peeler
  • 1 diced onion
  • 1 or 2 ribs of diced celery
  • 2 or 3 button mushrooms diced
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • A dash each of garlic powder, salt, pepper, Italian seasoning
  • 2 tbsp steak sauce
  • 1 tbsp Worcsestershire
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 large fresh egg

Preheat the oven to 350° and saute the veggies in a skillet with a spot of olive oil until the edges of the onions show a little brown color.  Let this cool off a bit, then add it to all the other ingredients in a large mixing bowl.  Use your clean hands to really squish it all together.  It’s kind of fun and oddly satisfying.  If the oven is hot by now, throw in a few medium potatoes around the edges and leave room for the pan in the center of the rack.  Dump everything into a loaf pan, or simply shape it into a loaf and bake it in a 13’x9″ pan for 30 minutes.  Remove from the oven and spread 2 oz. tomato paste or tomato ketchup on top and continue baking for 15 more minutes.  Allow the loaf to rest for about 15 minutes and prepare your favorite vegetable as a side dish.  The potatoes should be done after the meat rests and the side dishes are cooked so ring the dinner bell, sit down, say grace, and tuck in!

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2 responses

  1. avian101

    Very good stuff! Yummy! 🙂

    March 2, 2012 at 10:36 am

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