Did any of you watch Pioneer Woman on the Food Network a couple of weeks ago when she made meatloaf? I did. In fact it’s the only one I have watched on time and not taped that I can remember. Usually I go to my moms house to watch it during the week.
I think there must be some subliminal messaging going on. Or blatant obvious messaging even. “Eat this! Make meatloaf now and your life will be complete!” ‘Cause I sure couldn’t rest until I made some for our family. Suddenly making meatloaf consumed me. And we are not even big meatloaf fans. Didn’t matter a bit though. We had to have it and you know what? We all loved it.
I found the recipe was in the Pioneer Woman’s Cookbook (otherwise known around my mom’s house as “Warrior Woman”. Why? It just is). I had all the ingredients too. Whoo-hoo!
So meat and potatoes, green salad. Real he-man food with a side of girly.
Meatloaf (oven 350)
1 cup milk
6 slices bread
2 pounds ground beef
1 cup grated Parmesan cheese (sniff-I forgot this. I am sure it would have made a big difference, even though it turned out great. It would have been greater!)
1 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp seasoned salt and some pepper
about 1/2 cup minced parsley (it says flat leafed-but I am growing regular and I really can’t tell the diff once it’s in the food.)
4 eggs, beaten (yes, this makes a pretty big batch. I think I made half a batch).
8-12 thin bacon slices
Topping: (Don’t forget-Oven 350)
1 1/2 cups ketchup (I used half spicy ketchup, just because we had it in the fridge.)
6 Tbsp. brown sugar
1 tsp. dry mustard
dash or two of hot sauce-more if you like heat
Pour the milk over the bread in a bowl and let it soak in.
Put everything else in the bowl and squish with clean hands. (they won’t be clean for long, unless you wear gloves).
I use a meatloaf pan, but you can put for the loaf shape on a broiler pan, the bottom of which she lines with aluminum foil and it will allow the fat from the meat to drain.
Lay the slices of bacon over the top, tucking their little ends in underneath the meatloaf.
Mix together the topping sauce ingredients. Put about 1/3 of it over the top of the meatloaf and pop into the oven (how high?) for 45 minutes.
Then put another third of the sauce over it. Bake another 15 minutes.
The rest of the sauce will be served on the side.
I can just about smell it…Don’t let anyone pick off the saucy-bacony topping. That knife was there as a warning to presumptuous bacon thieves. (not really).
Make mashed potatoes and have a crisp salad with homemade ranch dressing!