This week we talk meatloaf.
Meatloaf has a gotten a bad rap. It's the butt of a lot jokes in pop-culture, where it's often painted as the dry, bland, dreaded meal that the whole family loves to hate.
But it's time to make meatloaf great again.
Meatloaf doesn't have to be a punchline. It's 100% possible to make a meatloaf that has you and everyone around the table clamouring for second helpings.
Like just about everything else beef related, the secret is to keep it simple.
Let the beef do the talking. There's a time and place for elaborate sauces, spices, and exotic flavours. I don't think meatloaf is that time or place. It's a classic car - simple, dependable, and adding spoiler just makes it look silly. All meatloaf needs is a solid recipe and good quality ingredients.
I know I always say the first step is good quality beef (like ours). But that's just because it really is the single biggest change you can make in your cooking. I've made this recipe with grocery store beef (years ago) and with our beef...and there is just no comparison.
Simple Meatloaf Recipe
1lb ground beef 1 cup panko bread crumbs 1/2 cup tomato sauce (plus some extra) 3/4 cup minced onion 1 egg 2 tbsp minced garlic 1 tsp dried thyme 1 tsp salt
Preheat oven to 350F. Mix ingredients LIGHTLY (just like making burgers, be gentle with your beef and it will be crumbly for you). Personally I like to cook the onions in a little bit of oil or butter to soften and caramelize them before mixing them in. Shape the mixture into a loaf pan lined with tinfoil.
Bake for about 40 minutes, until internal temperature reaches 160F. The cooking time will depend on how thick your loaf is...trust your thermometer! This is super important, and just one more reason to have a meat thermometer probe. A dry meatloaf is not a good meatloaf, and the best way to avoid that is a thermometer.
During last 10 minutes, baste top of meatloaf with extra tomato sauce. Optionally, put on the broiler if you want a crispy top. Remove from oven and let rest 10 minutes before cutting
And that's that! Serve with a hearty side with a little bit of crunch. We did homemade french fries and roasted zucchini. Roasted potatoes and coleslaw would be another great choice.
This pretty comfortably serves 2, but if you are serving more or want leftovers it's easy to double the recipe.
Hopefully you give this a try and enjoy some meatloaf soon (with some delicious texas longhorn beef). It's the perfect fall meal, and I know we're going to start having it much more often.
Trying to expand the kitchen repertoire and want to see more recipes? Let us know, and we'll work more recipes into our updates! And as always if you have any cooking questions to get the most out of your beef order, feel free to shoot us a message.
Willie & Jorie