Best Old Fashioned Meat Loaf
to make when the weather outside is cold, icy, rainy, foggy, slippery and it’s definitely not the kind of weather to be out food shopping.
I’ve revised this old post from 6 years ago. Times have changed. As
grumpy grampy and I are now retired, it’s time to change our priorities when the weather alerts show bad weather is heading our way.
You would think by this time I would have a handle on how to be prepared. Well, actually I do, but sometimes we get caught off guard. A few simple items added to your grocery list and a handle on the weather will have you prepared.
We know we should keep the pantry and freezer stocked with basic ingredients so we can cook up almost anything when we can’t get to the supermarket. Sometimes it’s confusing to know what you need buy, but the basic simple truth is all you need to know is what your family’s favorite foods are and keep those ingredients always on hand for emergencies.
Let’s face it, there’s always an emergency – weather, the flu, flat tire, you get the idea – it’s just that whatever is going on gets in our way of food shopping and cooking. So now we are armed with our list and a weather report to go forward and conquer.
When I originally wrote my snowed in meat loaf post quite a few years ago, we were in the throws of a snow storm and I wasn’t about take the car out of the garage. So meatloaf was a good alternative since I had all the ingredients.
Ahhhh! comfort food at it’s best tonight, although it doesn’t come close to beating out my favorite mac and cheese – sadly I can’t make it today because I don’t have enough cheese. My lesson learned here was to always have cheese in the fridge, it’s one of our staples.
My recipe for the best old fashioned meat loaf is a blend of two recipes, my mother’s and mother-in-law’s basic meatloaf recipes which are similar and my own personal recipe which I came up with over the years adding in veggies for moisture and a few ‘health benefits’. It’s a simple and basic recipe for meat loaf that is very tasty and makes delicious sandwiches for lunch the next day with the leftovers.
In recent years my daughter and grandson always ask me to make the best old fashioned meat loaf when the weather is ‘frightful’!
- 2 lbs. combination of chopped beef/veal/pork (or your preferred selections)
- 2 eggs
- bread crumbs (I use my judgment) about ¾ to 1 cup
- ½ cup chopped fresh parsley
- 1 small carrot, peeled & finely grated
- 1 finely chopped shallot
- 1½ tbls. ketchup
- ½ tsp. Worcestershire sauce (you can use more if you wish)
- 2 tsp. Dijon mustard (or whatever style mustard you like)
- salt and pepper to taste
- 8 oz. can of tomato sauce
- 1½ cup frozen peas
- ½ cup of red wine (optional)
- Mix all the ingredients in the bowl with the meat and blend well with your hands.
- Shape into a loaf place it in a roasting pan or a loaf pan that has been coated lightly with cooking spray.
- Bake at 350 degrees for about 20 minutes then pour the ½ cup of wine (if using) over the meat and continue to cook. Use a meat thermometer to test for proper temperature. It’s difficult to gauge how long to cook a meatloaf so the meat thermometer works best.
- About 30 minutes before the meatloaf is fully cooked pour on the tomato sauce and the peas on top of the loaf, with a spoon stir the peas in the sauce if you can. Continue cooking until done. Stir occasionally so the sauce doesn’t burn.
Serve with your favorite mashed potatoes. I have a small rosemary plant that sits on the kitchen counter and I added some to the mashed potatoes. They turned out pretty good if I do say so myself.
Now on to Dessert . . . I’m always looking for a sweet treat. What can be better on this “special” day than a big bowl of ice cream for dessert.
Lesson Learned — if you know you will be snowed in Run, don’t walk, to your nearest supermarket and pick up the ingredients needed for your favorite comfort foods so you will be prepared. Don’t forget the ice cream for dessert. It’s a must! when you know you will be snowed in.
I think I’ll take my bowl of ice cream to the couch and hope there’s a movie on T.V. I can watch while I enjoy my treat.