Here’s the thing about Meatloaf – with the exception of a “loaf” of bread, I don’t much like food with the name “loaf” in it. I am completely okay with you thinking I’m weird. But seriously … liver loaf, salmon loaf … gross. Just the word “meatloaf” makes me cringe. Just the word “loaf” alone is a good enough reason in my opinion not to eat something!
When Nathan and I first started dating and he mentioned making meatloaf for dinner, I scrunched my nose up and said, “I’m not crazy about anything with the word loaf in it.” He promptly declared me insane and set about making meatloaf. I requested he leave off the cooked gelatinous ketchup product on top and he obliged. I loved it! Over the course of our dating life, and now married life, I’ve grown to love our meatloaf recipe. I am even okay with a red sauce being added to the top these days.
But please don’t go thinking that I’m normal. Nope. I still have a hard and fast rule … I do not ever, ever eat meatloaf at a restaurant under any circumstance.
If you invite me to dinner and you make meatloaf, just know that I may not be able to eat it. It all depends on my mood. My relationship with meatloaf is still shaky. However, I know exactly where my relationship stands with liver loaf and salmon loaf. It’s non-existent. It never happened. No way. Not in this lifetime. Nathan just rolled his eyes. Poor guy.
Do you have any weird hang-ups about food?
1 – teaspoon garlic powder
1 – medium yellow onion (diced)
1 – bell pepper (diced)
2 – lbs. ground beef (80/20)
½ – teaspoon dry mustard
1 – teaspoon dried basil
1 – teaspoon salt
1 – envelope of onion soup mix
1 – cup Italian style bread crumbs
1 – egg (beaten)
¼ – cup Worcestershire sauce
1 – tablespoon olive oil
Loads of black pepper
Preheat oven to 350.
Saute onion and bell pepper in 1 tablespoon of olive oil just until tender.
Mix all ingredients together by hand. Grease a 9X13 baking dish and spread mixture evening in the dish. Bake for 60 minutes or until no longer pink in the center and the outside is crunchy. If you want to add ketchup, BBQ sauce or red chili sauce, just add it for the last 20 minutes of cooking.
We always serve our meatloaf with Paula Deen’s Turnip Mashed Potatoes. They are yummy!