Sunday, October 7, 2012

Classic Meatloaf

Tonight is one of those nights where I come in completely exhausted and struggling to figure out something to make for dinner. Of course I could do the fastfood or pre-made meals, but I really prefer something wholesome. While watching television, I saw meatloaf and thought, "Duh! That would be good." So meatloaf it was! Now, this meal is very simple, but very delicious. Unlike the dry blocks of charred meat some people are used to, this is a moist and healthy alternative.

Ingredients:                                                        Oven Temperature: 350 degrees
1 to 1.25 pounds Ground Sirloin
1/2 medium Yellow Onion, finely minced
1/2 14.5 oz can diced tomatoes with juice, no salt added
1 1/2 cups finally chopped White Button Mushrooms
1 Egg
3/4 to 1 teaspoon Salt, depending on your preference
1/2 teaspoon Freshly Cracked Pepper
1 to 1 1/2 cup Bread Crumbs
1/4 cup Ketchup

1. Preheat oven.
2. Combine all ingredients except for the bread crumbs and ketchup in a large bowl. Using your hands, thoroughly mix the ingredients.
3. Add 1 cup of bread crumbs and fold into the mixture. If the mixture still seems wet and does not begin to form a ball, add the remaining 1/2 cup. You might even need a little more if your meat or tomatoes are more moist. This is all very dependent on your mixture. Add just enough to form a tight ball.
4. Place the meat mixture in a loaf pan and place in oven.
5. Cook uncovered for 30 minutes.
6. Remove from oven and top with ketchup.
7. Return to oven and cook for another 30 minutes.
8. Allow to set for 5 minutes before serving.

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