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Homemade Meatloaf

Growing up in the ’70s, I remember one of the most traditional made dinners we had, was a meatloaf. My mom had her version #tastethelove, my friends’ moms had their version, and my grandmother had her version. They were all delicious but so very different. I think that’s what makes this dish so common throughout households but so individually unique. Meatloaf is a blank canvas to use whatever flavor profile you’d like. Traditionally meatloaf was made with ground beef, but that’s not the case any more. Ground chicken, turkey, pork, all of these are used in meatloaf today. I like to use a combination of meats in mine, it just adds so much more flavor. For mine, and because it’s such a hit in my house, I always make a large one using 3 pounds of ground meat. I start with 1 pound of lean ground beef, like sirloin, and add 2 pounds of ground pork. So to start, I begin with the veggies. 2014-07-13 16.40.54 2014-07-13 16.41.032014-07-13 16.50.22 Above are all the veggies that go into this delicious meatloaf. I start with roasted garlic, around 4 cloves. The other important thing you want to remember is to dice all the veggies in a small dice and close to the same size. What I have above are 2 cloves also of raw garlic. I use both roasted and raw in this recipe. They offer 2 totally different flavors. 1 1/2 diced onions, 3 ribs of celery, 1/4 cup of chopped sun dried tomatoes, and finally 1/4 cup of roasted red peppers. I have the peppers already in a large bowl along with the roasted garlic because I do not saute them. So now I start sauteing the other veggies in 2 tablespoons of olive oil.. 2014-07-13 16.55.51 As the veggies start to soften I sprinkle in some Kosher salt, and black pepper. I also add 1 teaspoon of crushed red pepper flakes and 1 tablespoon of fresh chopped thyme leaves. I saute this until the veggies are just soft and then I take them off the heat to cool.In the bowl with the roasted red peppers and garlic I add 2 beaten eggs. 2014-07-06 15.07.32 To that I add 1-1/2 cups of Italian style bread crumbs, 1/4 cup of half and half, 3 tablespoons of chopped Italian flat leaf parsley, 1 tablespoon of Kosher salt, 1 teaspoon of black pepper, 1 tablespoon of dried oregano, 3 tablespoons of Worcestershire sauce, 2 tablespoons of ketchup and I mix this all together. This is what that should look like. 2014-07-13 17.07.29 Now I add the cooled veggies. 2014-07-13 17.08.46 Now it’s time to add the meat to this. I do this first so I don’t over mix the meat, 2014-07-13 17.33.48 After everything is combined and all that goodness is mix throughout the meat I form the meatloaf and place it on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. I try to form the meatloaf where it is even all around so it will cook evenly. 2014-07-13 17.39.44 I bake this in a 350 degree oven for 1 and 15 minutes, to an 1 hour and 30 minutes. Then I let it rest on the counter covered in foil for another 15 minutes. You want to make sure that the meatloaf is cooked completely through. Use a meat thermometer and make sure it reads at least 155 degrees before letting it rest on the counter. There will be some carry over cooking time. 2014-07-13 18.52.31 Now you have to have some gravy to go with this right? I think so. The gravy is simple. 2014-07-13 18.26.18 In a sauce pot I add 4 tablespoons of butter, with 2 tablespoons of fresh thyme. This was also the flavors I used in my lumpy mash potatoes, so I’m echoing them through the gravy as well. To the melted butter I whisk in 4 tablespoons of flour. 2014-07-13 18.31.33 After the flour and butter are combined and you’ve cooked out the raw flour taste. I slowly whisk in some chicken broth. Have the stove on med heat. Then I add a couple of dashes or so of Worcestershire sauce and a dash of browning seasoning. A sprinkle of salt and pepper to taste. Once all of this comes up to a boil that’s as thick as the gravy will get. Take the gravy off the heat so it doesn’t burn. Now as you’re plating up this beautiful dish and you take your first bite, that’s when you taste the love. 2014-07-13 19.18.45

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