What? Meatloaf – again?


I always think of that scene in the Rocky Horror Picture Show when the table top slides back to reveal the body of Eddie, ex-delivery boy played by Meatloaf. The participants in the theater audience all say in unison, “What? Meatloaf? Again?”. And in those days, many food commercials on TV showed families sitting around the dinner table looking at mom’s lackluster attempt to feed the family, groaning…”what? ? Again?”  Heaven forbid that a meal should be predictable and boring…

I like meatloaf. I adore meatloaf sandwiches from the leftovers. I DO NOT LIKE DRY FLAVORLESS MEATLOAF!!!

This meatloaf is moist, flavorful, easy….The Trifecta of comfort food. Best of all, it is cooked in a slow cooker so it saves energy, time (you can be doing other things while it cooks), can be made in the summer without heating up the oven and close environs. The recipe can be played with to suit your tastes.

The only things I changed were the milk and eggs: I used ketchup and steak sauce in less the amount of milk called for the recipe. I used one beaten egg. I also used Italian, rather than plain, bread crumbs. And it was still moist and sliced well.

People think usually, you just dump stuff in a bowl to make meatloaf. No. No you don’t. I beat together my liquids first in a small bowl.  In a large bowl, I add my dry ingredients on top of the ground beef and then pour the liquids over and mix with my hands – if you over mix, your meatloaf will turn out dry. I mix to barely incorporate all ingredients which is why I beat the liquids and then add on top. I also do not use cheap fatty ground beef. I like to use a mixture of ground round and ground chuck. However, in the interest of frugality, these two items are usually purchased when on sale and divvied up into recipe size portions and frozen, then thawed when it is time to use. You can also use ground turkey. My aunt has been using ground turkey for a couple of years. She adds a small amount of Kitchen Bouquet to color the meat. Her husband has yet to figure out he is no longer eating beef and if you tell him, she will sic her Pekingese on you. And he is a little beast, I can assure you.

So…on to the recipe. I hope y’all enjoy. I made this yesterday for dinner and today for lunch, I am having a meatloaf sammich and a big ol’ glass of sweet iced tea. Oh yeah. That’s what I’m talkin’ about. While eating, I’ll be grinnin’ like a possum eatin’ a sweet tater. (and for y’all not sure, that means very happy in my neck of the woods here in the south).

どうぞめしあがれ (douzo meshiagare) y’all!

2 eggs, beaten
¾ c. milk (or liquid seasonings such as ketchup, steak sauce, etc.)
¾ cup dry breadcrumbs
1 envelope dry onion soup mix
2 lbs. lean ground beef

To remove loaf when done, line crock with wide strip of aluminum foil, coming up sides of crock. Spray foil with cooking spray. In a large bowl combine liquids. Over meat, add soup mix and breadcrumbs. Pour liquids over and mix. Shape into a rectangle or oval that won’t touch sides of crock. Place in crock. Cover and cook on low for 6 hours or high for 3 hours.  NOTE:  About the last 30 minutes of cooking, I spread some ketchup on top.  You can add grated cheese if you like as well.  Also, at this time, any drippings that have cooked out of the meat (and it can be a lot depending upon fat content and the amount of water added to the meat when processed), I ladle out and dispose of.  You can do this step sooner, if you like.

Thank you Public Domain for the photo.  And the meatloaf does look like this… 🙂

Last Football Food Post – I hope

After today, it is someone else’s turn to babysit and feed the boys. I am in the process of a massive fall cleaning, getting rid of stuff campaign.  I am busy. Yesterday while I was at work tending my garden of fragile student engineer test candidates, I let my crockpot do the cooking work for me. Today, I pulled the crock out of the fridge and put in the heating element for reheat.  By the time the rest of the crew gets here at noon, the food will be ready to rock and roll.

Simple Saturday Menu: Italian sausages and peppers on hoagie rolls, assorted chips and onion dip, in-shell roasted peanuts, brownies, soft drinks and sweet tea. The Brownies are a classic Hersey recipe. My grandmother made them, my mother made them, I make them. You can frost with homemade or purchased chocolate icing if you choose. I don’t.

For the in-shell peanuts:  I buy several large bags and dump into THE punchbowl. Ready at hand is a small lined trash can for the shells. House Rule:  You vacuum the area before you leave.  Vacuum is in the area as a reminder.

Douzo meshiagare, y’all!


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Easy Crockpot Italian Sausages
16 (4 ounce) links fresh Italian sausage (hot, sweet, pork, turkey – your choice. I use hot turkey)
1 large can crushed tomatoes
4 green bell peppers, seeded and sliced into strips
2 onions, sliced
salt and pepper
2 cloves minced garlic
1/2 tsp Italian seasoning Optional
Hoagie rolls – 4 guys = 8 rolls

Brown sausages in skillet and drain off grease. In bottom of crockpot, place peppers and onions. Top with sausages. Mix rest of ingredients and pour over. Cover and cook on low for six hours. Serve on rolls.

Onion Dip: the Classic
Recipe is on the onion soup mix box. I use low fat sour cream and add a few dashes of hot sauce. I make a double recipe.

Hershey Classic Brownies
1 cup Butter melted
2 cups Sugar
2 teaspoon Vanilla extract
4 large Eggs
3/4 cup Hershey’s Cocoa
1 cup All purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon Baking Powder
1/4 tsp Salt
1 cup chopped nuts, optional

Heat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Grease 13 x 9 x 2-inch baking pan. (I use parchment paper) Into melted butter, stir in sugar and vanilla. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well with spoon after each addition. Add cocoa; beat until well blended. Add flour, baking powder, and salt; beat well. Stir in nuts, if desired. Pour batter into prepared pan. Bake 30 to 35 minutes or until brownies begin to pull away from sides of pan. Cool completely in pan on wire rack. Cut into bars. About 36 brownies.

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