Today’s recipe is another of those ‘not really a recipe’ recipes. My mom taught me how to make this and that means that I watched her make it to learn how to make it.
Brian’s birthday is later this week. We will go there for some swimming and fireworks. This year we will be doing the extended family celebration of his birthday that day instead of Sunday at my mom and dad’s. So today we are celebrating his birthday with just our immediate family. Thus, he gets to pick his meal and dessert. He chose meatloaf and scalloped potatoes and strawberry cheesecake. I’m surprised because he usually picks chicken enchiladas and mud pie (which I hope to make soon so that I can include it on the blog).
I double this ‘recipe’ when I make it for all of us, so the pictures will look much bigger than what this ‘recipe’ will look like without doubling.
Start by crumbling or chunking one pound of ground beef (I use ground turkey for Mike – meatloaf is one of the few things I do not like made with ground turkey) into your pan. I use a 9×13. Next crumble 1-2 pieces of bread on top of the meat.
Then break one egg on top (you could beat it slightly if you wanted).
Then pour about 1/8-1/3 cup of milk on the bread. You want to moisten all the bread. (If you wanted, you could break up the bread into a bowl and pour the milk on the bread and let it soak it all up and then add to the ground meat.)
Then mix it all up. I just use my hands. Form into a short loaf – no more than 1 1/2 inches tall. Any thicker and it will take longer to cook.
Finally top with ketchup, smearing all over the loaf. Sean and Tiffany don’t like much ketchup on it but Brian, Lauren and I do. So one end gets just a hint of ketchup and the other 2/3 gets a much thicker coating.
Put in the over on 350º-375º for about 45-60 minutes, until the fat that is rendered browns just a bit. Cut it in half to ensure there is NO PINK left in the loaf.
Mom always made meatloaf with scalloped potatoes. We never had one without the other. It’s actually funny because for years I didn’t make one without the other. In the last several years I started making scalloped potatoes with other meals too.
I hope you’ll enjoy this as much as we do. OH! This is another Picky Eater Award recipe (a.k.a. Lauren, who has never liked meatloaf, likes this)!
Until next time, God bless,