Wednesday, March 30, 2011

The King of Loaves

I know there are many derogatory jokes and comments made about the almighty "meatloaf", but I have to say I do enjoy a good loaf of meat (and I think secretly, so do you...).  There is something so homey, so cozy and comfortable about meatloaf and the fixings that come with it...what a great way to end a day.

There are as many meat loaf recipes as there are kitchens, I think--so many possibilities of combinations!  Here is one that came from Taste of Home 1999 annual recipes--a little fancier than your traditional meatloaf, and really might even be good enough to serve to company!

Stuffed Meat Loaf

1 1/2 pounds ground beef
1 egg
3 tbsp milk
1/4 cup ketchup
salt and pepper to taste

1/2 pound fresh mushrooms sliced
1 med onion, chopped
1 tbsp butter,
2 cups soft bread crumbs (day old crumbled bread works the best!-rather than dry granular bread crumbs)
1/2 tbsp fresh thyme
2 tbsp fresh parsley
salt and pepper to taste.

In a large bowl, combine egg, milk, beef, ketchup and S&P.  Pat half of the meat mixture into a loaf pan.
For Stuffing, saute mushrooms and onion in butter until tender.  Add bread crumbs, parsley, thyme and S&P and saute until crumbs are lightly browned.  Spoon over meat layer and cover with remaining meat.  Press down gently.
Bake for 1 hour at 350 degrees,drain fat if necessary.

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