Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Meatloaf, Smeatloaf, Double Beatloaf...

.....I hate meatloaf.  I don't actually hate meatloaf (I did as a child), but this is a quote from one of my most favorite Christmas movies.
 

Now, I know you are asking yourself, "why is she talking about Christmas...we haven't even had Halloween?!" And "Isn't she supposed to be packing?!"  I took a break.


Sunday, I fixed what will probably be our last decent meal over the next few weeks.  That meal consisted of meatloaf, purple rice, French-style green beans and cornbread.

Today, I'm sharing with you my Mouth-Watering Meatloaf recipe.  I do realize that there are 47 billion meatloaf recipes in the world.  Just add mine to the pile.  Unfortunately, there are not really any exact measurements in this recipe, with the exception of the meat and the egg.  I'm just going to have to give you some starting points and let you experiment with it yourself.  That's what I did.

I started with this meatloaf recipe that I found at the Kraft Foods website years ago.  But I didn't like the tomato sauce on the meatloaf.  So, I started making some changes and, because I always share on the playground, I'm sharing those changes with you.  :-)

MOUTH-WATERING MEATLOAF

1 pound extra lean ground beef
1 egg
1/3 cup A-1 Original Sauce (not generic)
1/3 cup Worcestershire Sauce
1/3 cup Heinz 57 Sauce
1/4 cup (approximately) Bread Crumbs
Approximately 5-6 shakes of liquid smoke (secret ingredient)
Approximately 5-6 hearty shakes of Cinnamon Sugar (secret ingredient)
A little bit of salt and pepper

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  I then mix all of the ingredients together in a mixing bowl with a wooden spoon.  I do not touch raw meat unless I have on disposable gloves...I'm a weirdo.  If you want to know all of the secrets I have, threaten to stick my hands in raw meat, I will sing like a canary!


After mixing, I pour it into a small glass baking dish...it's just the two of us...and pat it down.  Before I put it into the oven, I pour Cinnamon Sugar over the top.....you can add as much or as little as you want.


Bake the meatloaf for 1 hour.  Remove from oven and drain any standing grease.  Return to oven and bake for 5-10 additional minutes...depending on how brown you want it to be.

For those of you with larger families, you know you will need to increase this recipe for more pounds of meat.  Also, you can adjust any of the seasonings to your taste.  If you want onion flavor, add some chopped onion.  If you don't like A-1, remove it and add something else.  If you want it more flavorful, increase the amount of these seasonings.  I had to keep playing with the amount of bread crumbs in this recipe.  The first time I made it, it was dry...like paste.  I kept decreasing it until it wasn't dry but still held together.  We like the smoky flavor, so I always add a few more shakes of liquid smoke...but BE CAREFUL with this stuff...it's a dangerous tool!


Health disclaimer: it is not safe to snort your mashed potatoes!  No, we do not eat our meatloaf like Randy and don't be sharing my two secret ingredients! ;-)






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  1. Cold, leftover meatloaf with yellow mustard on very fresh white bread was my favorite breakfast.

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    1. Yummmm….love me some leftover meatloaf!

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  2. I can always use another meatloaf recipe because I love the stuff! I like your secret ingredients! My husband and son always ask for my Italian Meatloaf.....ricotta inside!

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    1. Okay, so please email me that recipe! We will definitely give it a try! My Italian grandmother passed away when I was young, before I could get any of her good recipes, so I'm always on the lookout! Thank you so much!

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  3. I'm ok with meatloaf, but only when it's essentially a giant meatball...no breadcrumbs, lots of onion, garlic and oregano. That's a funny movie!

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    1. It is a great movie…we love it!

      LOL…that is definitely not a meatloaf! :-) And I love some meatballs also…I remember my grandmother used to make some really great ones for her pasta sauce….full of garlic! I love garlic!!

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  4. Fingers on raw meat or poultry or seafood. Noooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!!!! Brrrrr... Shiver..... Can you tell, I am so happy that he is Resident Chef??? ,-)))

    And he has his recipe for meatloaf, which the family uses, too. :-) Like you say, there are lots of "best" meatloafs out there. Like so many other family staples.

    But not everyone has yet found "their best." So I'm sure your contribution will greatly help some Dear Reader out.

    OK, fun time over!!!! Get back to packing!!!!! <---See, I may masquerade as a sweet, little, ol' lady. But I can be MEAN tooooo! ,-)))) -ducking, running, and hiding-

    Tessa

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    1. I'm with you...I won't touch it! Gloves or a spoon is it for me! I would love for you to share your recipe with me. I like looking at different recipes and blending a few of them together to find a different taste!

      Thank you so much you are so sweet and so funny!! I hope so! And yes ma'am....I took another break but am headed right back to it! :-) Hugs!!!

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  5. Yum! I love cold meatloaf sandwich the next day. What is purple rice???? I have never heard of that.
    Kris

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    1. Those are definitely the best!!! A sticky mess is what it is…I will be posting on that tomorrow…LOL!

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  6. -Hubster (Greggie)August 18, 2015 at 12:04 PM

    Soooo, Mandy!

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  7. Your recipe sound's delish, I add ketchup and Parmesan cheese to mine plus all of your ingredient's . It's the kid's fav, dare I vere off course , he know's it !! He doesn't know I put ketchup in the meatloaf , he think's I put it on top on my half. Lol a Christmas Story was filmed 25 mins. away from my home. They recently restored it and give tour's thru the home and even rent it out around Christmas, warm's my heart.
    Ok, ystrdy you both were right on packing method's but don't tell the hubster it might go to his head. Haha Hug's and get back to work !!! TT

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    1. Thank you ma'am! Don't you just love the blending of all the different flavors??!! I think it just makes something taste wonderful when you can add and take away a few things! I've always wanted to visit the Christmas Story house...we've talked about it. It is one of our favorite Christmas movies and we never miss it. But we have it on DVD if we do! :-) Heading back to it! Hugs!!!

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  8. hmmm. I love meatloaf. and now I have to find out where you are going. I got shitty internet connection here on my island and have no idea what's going on in the world anymore. it's fabulous :)

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    1. LOL...I know how it is with bad internet connections....it is great and infuriating all at the same time! :-) We are just getting ready to move, hopefully! LOVE all the photos you've been posting!! Hope you are still enjoying your holiday!

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  9. I wrap mine in guess what; Bacon! My kids don't really care for meatloaf either, but they love it with bacon. I've made purple rice once before and even black rice, love their unique flavors. Sugar n'Cinnamon you say, sounds perfectly delish; my kids would love that too! I'm with Ann Marie, I could always use another meatloaf recipe! Funny movie, I remember the pink bunny costume, and all I want for Christmas is a Red Rider BB gun! Ok, ok....a packing we will go! Take it easy in the heat, don't work too hard! hugs, Christine

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    1. Shhhhhh, do not let my hubby hear that! :-) Bacon? Interesting. Sounds wonderful...he thinks the more meat you add to meat, the better it is. He wants to make one of those Turducken things he saw on Triple D once....LOL. I haven't tried black rice and wasn't too particularly thrilled with the purple, but will give it another try since I have plenty of it left...LOL It is a great movie...we know it almost word for word...LOL. We've got a cool spell here in TN, which is awesome! Headed back to it! Hugs!!!

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  10. I LOVE THAT MOVIE!!! i also know it by heart! what a darling little treat on this sweltering august day!!!
    i got banished to my room so many times growing up for 'breaking table manner rules' like slurping my milk or chewing and trying to talk with my mouth full when i was little. yes! i had trouble shutting up even then.
    my father was extremely strict about manners. that scene in the movie would have just curled his hair.
    LOLOL!
    YOU are the first other person i've ever met who ALSO puts cinnamon (I don't do the sugar part) on meatloaf! actually. i don't even use straight cinnamon. i use allspice. AND a dash of THYME! it's wonderful! I also add it to baked beans. YUM.
    i also add allspice to sloppy joes and goulash! it's DELICIOUS! have to get me some liquid smoke though. and you're right. usually one teeny drop is enough for me! but it does add depth.
    I've been trying to eat more cinnamon. it's EXCELLENT for your heart! XO
    THANKS for this cool recipe. and little bit of christmas! XO

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    1. We love this movie and watch it every Christmas….many times…..and sometimes several times throughout the year! It’s such a great movie and is always good for a laugh! Yes, your father would have been mortified by that “little piggy” at the table. It gags me every time…LOL

      I will definitely have to try the allspice and thyme! That sounds absolutely delicious! I think you will like the liquid smoke. For the 1 pound of hamburger meat, about 4 shakes works, but I wouldn’t tempt fate and use more….you might get a lot more than you bargained for. :-)

      You are so welcome! We all need a little bit of coolness and something different during the dog days of summer! Hugs!!!

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  11. Do you know that meatloaf is a treat to me?? Seriously, one of my fav meals as a kiddo was meatloaf-yes I did put ketchup on it-hehe. Add a Idaho baked potato, green beans and a glass of milk. Now thats a tasty treat. Never had sugar cinnamon in a meatloaf-but I'll give it a try!
    Thinking of you and hope all is going well with your transition!

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    1. Thank you so much Jemma! It is going to take us a couple of more weeks to finish packing...UGH. Weeding through the stuff...trying to decide what to keep, what to sell...agony! :-) And yes, on the potato and green beans. We had green beans and purple rice....I will be posting about that purple rice tomorrow....LOL. I think you will like the little bit of cinnamon sugar. Hope you have a great evening!!

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  12. That is a great Christmas movie, my brothers favorite. I love meatloaf and trying different recipes is so much fun and yummy. Thanks for sharing your secrets.

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    1. Thank you so much Bon Bon and you are so welcome! I like trying different recipes and doing something different to make it my own...of course, sometimes it turns into a horrible science experiment...LOL. It is one of ours also...along with Elf! :-)

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  13. This would be a great meatloaf for me, for tomatoes bother my reflux.
    Brenda

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    1. Brenda, I hope you will give it a try. I have the same issue sometimes and try to eliminate the foods that will aggravate it. This one doesn’t bother me at all!

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  14. Since everyone seems to love Meat Loaf as much as I do:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C11MzbEcHlw

    And great movies:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pMRl55U0eDw

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    1. Hubsterloaf? Earlier you were Greggie...LOL. Thank you for sharing the Meat Loaf videos! :-)

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  15. Thank you, my husband loves meatloaf. I always enjoy trying a new recipe. :-)

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    1. You are quite welcome! I hope y’all enjoy it! :-)

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