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Why ... you may ask ... am I doing such a thing when I should be reveling at some swanky party or at the famous Churchill Downs?
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With that said ... I thought I would let you in on my secret recipe for homemade MEATLOAF!! I have 5 people in my family ... so I kinda' have to make a gigantic meatloaf. We usually eat about 2/3 of it and then the rest is put into the refrigerator for cold meatloaf sandwiches the next day.
I have a terrible history of never measuring anything and when people ask me for a proper recipe ... I am hesitant to even attempt it ... I tend to just give them a pretty good outline. So, these ingredients are approximations and prior to putting the meatloaf into the oven I make a tiny hamburger patty and fry it in a pan ... taste it .... and then make adjustments to the uncooked meatloaf at that point.
1 lb ground beef
1 lb ground pork
1/2 cup or so of milk
2/3 cup crushed croutons (I use Caesar flavored croutons)
1/2 cup or so homemade bread crumbs (toast bread - pulverize in blender or cuisinart)
1/4 to 1/3 cup chopped fresh flat leaf parsley
1 ish TB fresh thyme
2 TB good worcestershire sauce (I really love Bourbon Barrel's products. They are local and awesome in every way)
sea salt/fresh ground pepper (seriously ... )
2 - 3 carrots
1 celery rib
1 whole sweet yellow onion
1/2 red pepper
3 - 4 TB roasted garlic
1/2 cup chicken stock
1+ cup ketchup
1 tsp Gravy Master style browning sauce
1 large TB dark molasses
1/4 cup or so light brown sugar
1 TB Dijon mustard
1 TB apple vinegar
(mix all ingredients and readjust for taste)
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glorious roasted beauties!
Dice carrots, onion, red pepper and celery. In a large saute' pan ... add a bit of olive oil. Saute' carrots, red pepper, onion and celery until slightly soft. While cooking sprinkle with a bit of salt/pepper. Add chicken stock to hot pan and deglaze pan. Reduce until nearly all liquid is gone ... but still moist. Let cool a bit. Place all the sauteed ingredients into a blender along with the roasted garlic and puree. (Me and one kid do not like crunchy onions) ... so this solves that problem. Allow to cool completely.
In a small mixing bowl ... whip eggs and milk. Add crushed croutons and bread crumbs .... Mix and allow to soak for a few minutes. In a very large, wide bowl add pork and beef. Pour in egg/crouton mixture, parsley, thyme, ample amounts of salt/pepper. Pour in pureed carrots, celery and onion mixture to beef mixture. Add worcestershire sauce. Mix completely with hands. Do not over mix or squeeze beef mixture. At this point ... I take a few TB's of beef ... make a tiny patty and cook quickly in a saute' pan. Taste patty to see if the raw mixture needs salt, pepper, more garlic, thyme, parsley, etc... Add if necessary to your taste.
I do not use a meatloaf pan to cook my meatloaf. I don't like it because you can't get the glaze on all sides and it just sits in it's own grease. I just use a high sided cookie sheet. I form my meatloaf (come on ... you used to play with Play-Do and it was fun!!) right on the cookie sheet and then put a thick glaze of the ketchup mixture onto all sides of the meatloaf with a pastry brush.
|This is the raw meatloaf with the ketchup glaze ... Yeah, yeah|
I know ... You should put foil down on the sheet. Makes
clean up about a gazillion times easier.
|The finished product! (... and YES ... I am aware that there is a giant butter slick on top of the|
mashed potatoes .... that's the way hubby likes it ... and isn't that the point of all this ... to keep him happy?!?!?)