Meatloaf is one of those classic dishes that remind us of our childhood. Some of us see it as a dish that only skilled grandmothers and mothers can make. But not anymore. If you’re craving for some good ol’ comfortable-as-home meatloaf, here’s a simple no-sweat recipe to help you out.
1 1/2 pounds ground beef (You don’t have to use only beef. Try experimenting with combinations of beef and other types of meat such as pork, veal, or chicken.)
3/4 pound pork or Italian sausage
1 1/2 tsp. freshly ground pepper or to taste
1 carrot, finely chopped
1 cup fresh bread crumbs
1 cup onion, chopped
1 stalk celery, chopped
1 Tbsp. garlic, minced
1/2 cup scallions, chopped
1/3 cup fresh parsley leaves, chopped
2 eggs, slightly beaten
2 Tbsp. unsalted butter
2 tsp. salt or to taste
2 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
1/3 cup ketchup
Baking loaf pan, rectangular, with high sides
When the meatloaf is done, allow it to cool slightly, then slowly remove the loaf from the baking pan by cutting along the sides with a butter knife. Gently lift the meatloaf from the pan and place on serving plate. Cut into slices of approximately 3/4 inch thick. Serve with buttered vegetables or other sidings of your choice.
Mashed or baked potatoes, sautéed vegetables, or fresh salad greens make excellent sidings. Leftover meatloaf makes delicious sandwich fillings, too.