Thursday, January 17, 2013

Meatloaf for 'Dummies'!

This recipe is a quick and hassle free version of a tasty meatloaf that's super, especially if you have never made one or for guys and gals who like meatloaf, but Don't necessarily like to cook. The finished product is moist and flavorful, plus makes for super comfort food sandwiches later.
This Recipe is initially designed for a larger family like mine, but I have offered a scaled down version for smaller families as well. If you want to save on cooking for dinner time in the future, simply prepare the original Recipe and divide the meatloaf blend into 2 or 3 disposable loaf pans, baking and freezing the others, cooled wrapped tightly in plastic wrap and placed in a zip type Freezer bag! The loaves will keep for at least 3 months, not that you will want to wait that long!
 No worries about onion or garlicky hands , because all the ingredients are prepared mix-ins. Some cooks argue that meatloaves and ground meats are best When manipulated with your hands. I beg to differ and would rather opt for a long tined fork stirring and using folding fashion for the bulk of the work and saving my hands for shaping at the end.
 3 lbs. meatloaf blend, beef, veal and pork
 5 oz. bag cheese and garlic croutons, crushed, about 1 1/2 c.
1/2 c. good quality medium salsa
1/3 c. ketchup
1 tbsp. fish sauce
1 tbsp. onion powder
6 slices bacon, halved
Preheat oven to 375*F. Combine all ingredients w/ fork until well blended. SPST; Shape into oblong loaf and bake until internal temperature reaches 165*F, about 35-40 minutes.
 Smaller Family Version:
1 lb. Meatloaf blend
 1/2 c. Garlic and cheese croutons, crushed
1/3 c. Good quality medium salsa
2 tbsp. Ketchup
1 tsp. Onion powder
1 tsp. Fish sauce
SPST 2-3 slices Bacon, halved
 Follow instructions above.

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