Meatloaf

I always get stuck when it comes to ground beef. It feels like the same old thing over and over again. Brown it and toss it with a few seasonings or spices, you have tacos or spaghetti. Separate it into patties and toss it on the grill for delicious burgers.

Then, there’s meatloaf. I love meatloaf. It’s so easy to throw together. You don’t even need a recipe, just a few basic ingredients.

Start with some crushed crackers (about 20), or quick oats (1/2 cup or so), or bread crumbs (like 1/2 cup), or a few slices of old, stale bread. Mix in anywhere from 1/4 cup to 1/2 cup of milk, depending on how moist you like it.

Next comes the seasonings. Mix it up to create your favorite flavors. You can create Italian or Mexican or traditional or anything you can think of.

Preheat the oven to 375*. Stir the starch, the milk, and the seasoning together in a medium mixing bowl. Let sit for 10 minutes to become a creamy, mushy mess. Stir in one egg.

Next comes the meat. You’ll need about 1 1/2 to 2 pounds of ground chuck or a blend of chuck and pork sausage. Mix it all together just until blended. Press into a 8×4 or 9×5 loaf pan.

Now to pick your topping. There’s the old tradition of tomato soup with peas or ketchup and said peas. BBQ sauce and steak sauce are also great options. Choose salsa and cheese for a delicious Mexican flavor, or top with a bit of spaghetti sauce for Italian night. Just spread it across the top in an even layer.

Stick it in the oven (and forget it) for an hour. Let rest on the counter for about 10 minutes. Slice and serve. Enjoy!

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