Last week I wrote the shortest post ever about making meatloaf - and I think I got more comments in the least amount of time than most posts. Cracked me up. It was my first attempt at meatloaf. We had a few run ins last week at dinner...Charley would come to the table and see the main dish and make a yucky comment. Which would send Henry into a fit - which would cause me to flip. Charley spent at least two evenings in his room for the first 15 minutes of dinner. And Henry went to bed hungry.
Charley now knows that if he makes a comment like that he will be in his room for the rest of the night. It is so frustrating when little brother, who is already a picky eater and who copies everything big brother does, refuses dinner because of a comment Charley made. Charley is such a good eater and usually he comes back to the table tries it and loves it...but Henry refuses the entire meal.
So on Thursday I made meatloaf. And when they came to the table I could see the fear in their eyes. But I was so pumped that they didn't say a peep. Both tried it and loved it. This recipe makes two small meatloaves...Ed was running late so we polished off one and he actually almost ate the entire second one. THAT GOOD. Later he asked me what was in it. He really liked it. Yipee! Like most men, at least that is what I tell myself, he doesn't make too many comments about recipes I try. I think he is afraid to tell me he doesn't like something and he just appreciates coming home to a balanced meal.
So here is the winning recipe. WE ALL LOVED IT! It was easy. I am curious how it turns out next time - which will be in the near future.
The recipe is from Trisha Yearwood's cookbook. My mom gave it to me for a birthday gift.
2 lb. lean ground beef
20 saltine crackers, crumbled
1 large egg, lightly beaten
1/4 cup ketchup
1 Tablespoon yellow mustard
1 tsp. salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1 medium onion, finely chopped
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Gently mix the beef, cracker crumbs, egg, ketchup, mustard, salt, pepper, and onion until blended. I used my kitchen aid mixer. Shape the mixture into two loaves and place side by side crosswise in a 9 x 13 pan. I sprayed my pan a little bit. Bake loaves for 1 hour, or until they are browned. 1 hour was perfect for us.
Transfer immediately to a platter to cool for a bit. (If you don't transfer the loaves will soak up the grease -ick)
I served with salad and mashed potatoes!