Meatloaf, the ultimate in classic comfort food. Pair with mashed potatoes and a vegetable, and you have a meal fit for your entire Family. I know many of you have your own special recipe that has more than likely been passed down several generations. This is mine. Parts of this recipe definitely came from my very own Mother with my added twist. My meatloaf is so full of flavor, juicy and tender. Give me about an hour and you will have the most amazing Meatloaf on your dinner table.
So, let’s talk meat. In my opinion, meatloaf is so much tastier using a combination of beef, pork and veal. Visit your local grocery store and grab a package of meatloaf mix. However, If for some reason they do not carry it, you can buy each in a one pound package and use the extra to make Meatballs.
HOW TO PREPARE MEATLOAF
Pour the heavy whipping cream in a bowl. Break up the bread into tiny pieces and add to the cream. Mix and season with kosher salt and black pepper. Allow the bread to soak in the cream for about ten minutes. This will allow you time to cut up the vegetables.
Add in the carrots, onions and parsley to the bread mixture. Mix well.
Next, add in the ground beef, meatloaf mix, ketchup, mustard and Worcestershire. Season with additional kosher salt and black pepper.
Mix well, but do not overwork. You just want to combine everything evenly. Recently, I started to make two loaves instead of one big one. They will bake quicker and much more evenly. If you have one, use a cast iron pan for baking. As you may know by now, I love this cast iron pan from Lodge.
Cover with foil and bake at 350 degrees for about 45 minutes to an hour.
TIP: Since you are using 80/20 ground beef, you will notice that about halfway through baking, there will be a collection of fat on the bottom of the pan. Pour most of this off. Leave a few tablespoons so that the meat does not dry out!
TO FINISH AND SERVE THE MEATLOAF
Remove the foil the last 10 minutes. Turn up the heat to 400 degrees. Squeeze a generous amount of ketchup onto the top of each loaf. Finish baking. Remove the Meatloaf from the oven. Allow the loaves to sit for about five minutes before slicing. ENJOY!
Let’s talk leftovers! They will be great for up to two days in the fridge. You can even prepare a few extra loaves and freeze. I would recommend freezing them raw. Thaw and bake according to the directions above.
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