I think the summer went by really fast, seems like yesterday we were making summer plans and now tomorrow the kids head back to school.
So it begins...the transition from lazy summer days doing nothing to crazy hectic schedules, homework and lunch making.
The weather today certainly feels like fall, cool and cloudy.
Makes me crave classic comfort foods like meat loaf.
This is a classic dish that can be assembled quickly and put in the oven while you catch up on other things. The leftovers make a great lunch the next day tucked into a bun or reheated.
You can use ground turkey or chicken for a lighter version. I prefer using oatmeal as a binder rather than breadcrumbs as it seems to hold together better and adds moisture if using lean meat.
Serve with mashed potatoes and green beans.
Classic Meat Loaf
- 1 egg
- 1 tbs Worcestershire sauce
- 1 tbs minced garlic
- 3/4 cup of oatmeal (or bread crumbs)
- 1/2 cup of ketchup , hot salsa or hot chili sauce
- 1/4 cup of fresh sage
- 1/2 diced onion
- 1 tbs dried leaf thyme
- salt and pepper
- 2 pounds of ground beef
Preheat oven to 400F
In a large bowl combine all ingredients except meat and mix well.
Add meat and combine to mix together.
Pat into a greased loaf pan.
Top with ketchup or hot sauce of choice and parsley.
Bake in the oven until the meat thermometer reads it is cooked in the center, about one hour.
Remove and let rest for 10 minutes.
Slice and serve
Wine Suggestion: Malbec