Tuesday, September 14, 2010

The Humble Meatloaf Revisited and Revived

The very word "meatloaf" does not conjure up memories of tasty meals. Let's elevate that lowly dish into something of a star. A makeover of sorts.






Meatloaf Makeover
1 lb of extra lean ground beef
1/2 cup of Bread Crumbs (you can also use oatmeal)
1 egg beaten
1 Tbl. Onion Powder
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. black pepper
2 Tbl. Worchester Sauce
1/2 tsp. sage
1/2 tsp. basil
1/2 tsp. oregano
1/2 tsp. parsley
1/4 c. milk
Optional: 1 Tbl. A-1

Add-ins:
6 slices of ham or turkey
3 slices of provolone cheese



Add all the ingredients together in a bowl (except the Add-ins). Mix with your hands. Pat the meat mixture onto a piece of parchment paper and flatten to 1/2 inch thick. Make sure it is no longer than your baking dish. Lay the ham or turkey, provolone and then the broccoli. pick up the edge of the parchment paper to roll the flattened meat up into a log shape (rolling from the long end so you don't have a super thick meatloaf). Roll the meatloaf (seam side down) to the middle of the parchment paper, seal the ends and the seam, pick up the parchment paper with the meatloaf in it and place into a large (11 x 8) glass dish. Because I use lean beef, the loaf isn't sitting in grease. If you use a fattier ground beef, you might want to put it on a raised metal roasting/broiling rack like the one below so it isn't swimming in grease.

1 cup chopped broccoli (frozen)
Topping:
1 tsp. dry mustard
1/4 cup catsup
2 Tbl. of brown sugar



metal roasting/broiling rack



Bake at 350 for 1 hour and 15 minutes. If it is still pink inside, cover with foil and cook for another 30 minutes.
Topping:
In a bowl combine 1/4 cup catsup and 2 Tbl. of brown sugar and 1 tsp. dry mustard. Spread over loaf. Bake for 10 minutes more uncovered. Optional:
A-1 Sauce on top

CROCKPOT DIRECTIONS:
Guess what ya'll?! You can do this in the crockpot. Here are the changes: Add sliced carrots and/or potatoes at the bottom of the crockpot before putting in your meatloaf. This will elevate your meatloaf out of the grease. Add the topping or A-1 to the top of the meatloaf now. Cook on High for 4 1/2 hours.

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