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 tasty....it might even be good enough to serve to company!
Stuffed Meat Loaf
1 1/2 pounds ground beef
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.