. . . .for the last 1.5-2yrs I've been looking for a decent thick old fashioned traditional meatloaf. I've been trying all sorts of concoctions - 90% losers, 10% winners. I'm not saying the losers are inedible, they're just not something I'd make again.
Well, this last weekend K requested Shepard's Pie. So not only did I get out 3lbs of hamburger to thaw, but he got out 3lbs. Great....6lbs of meat, what is a girl to do?!?!?
Made Shepard's Pie - my version of it. Browned 1lb w/onions to use later for taco/nacho meat. Took the last 2lbs and decided to make Meatloaf. Once again knowing the last throw together didn't go over well I looked to the internet to find the perfect meatloaf.
Lo' and behold I found Paul Deen's recipe: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/paula-deen/old-fashioned-meat-loaf-aka-basic-meatloaf-recipe/index.html
Trust me....oatmeal in a meatloaf recipe??? Are you serious??? Yes, she is. And yes it was awesome. This recipe is sooooo simple and it's a good basic meatloaf - one that you can easily add, enhance, whatever.
Of course I made this following the recipe to a T - just as my mother taught me. However, here are my notes/thoughts on the final product:
1. Note Paula's recipe is for only 1lb of hamburger - and only calls for a small can of diced tomatos. If you use a 14-16oz can w/1lb it'll be mushy.
2. I probably used a little too much green peper for my taste, and thinking I should toss in some red pepper next time.
3. Thinking next time I need to add a little more salt & pepper, and add garlic powder
4. 80/20 hamburger is preferred.....so if you use a leaner meat you might need to cut back on the oatmeal. Otherwise your meatloaf will be too dense.
5. Added a little (1 Tbsp) Worchestershire sauce to the topping and a little more mustard than required since my boys love mustard. (FWIW - the topping is awesome!!!)
6. Definitely can submstitute a can of rotel for the regular diced tomatos
7. I cooked my meatloaf in a 9x9 cake pan and it took about 1hr 15min.
8. My kids actually liked this one - however, may have to make extra of the sauce/topping the next time.
So overall I was impressed and will be making this again.