Thursday, March 21, 2013

Patty's Meatloaf!

I'm going to throw in a few recipes here and there that will be entitled "Patty's Something", i.e.~ Patty's Cookies etc. Often I find it challenging to locate recipes on the web that are not loaded with spices or have difficult glazes on them, but rather just good food that won't require a chef's class. Patty is not a fictional character, but my Mother who gets her own highs off of spending hours in the kitchen producing mass amounts of food for her large family.

This recipe today calls for "Patty's Meatloaf". Some consider meatloaf as a dish they make in the winter season and toss it along with some form of potato and viola! Others, unfortunately do not give it a chance and think it may be a bit flavorless and as someone who generally only consumes a version of red meat about once a month, I can attest to saying this meatloaf is delicious! Usually when my Mother makes it (whether she does it on purpose or it is just a coincidence) she makes it along with potatoes, cucumber salad and some form of bread. It makes for the perfect sandwich as a leftover that you can easily throw in with some French fries for an simple lunch or dinner that week!

Shopping List:
 2 pounds of ground meat
1 egg
3/4 cup ketchup
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
1/2 of an onion finely chopped
1/2 of a green pepper finely chopped
1 1/2 cups of your favorite bread crumbs
2 tablespoons of brown sugar
5 tablespoons of ketchup (additional to the 3/4 cups for the glaze)

 Instructions: Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Gently mix the above ingredients with the exception of the bread crumbs in a large bowl. Just mix them enough that they are blended together gently, versus over mixing them or beating them together.

 Next, add in about 1 cup of the bread crumbs, the rest leave in case you need them later in the event that your mixture is still wet in appearance. Place the mixture inside a loaf pan and ensure that it is level on the top. Mix together in a small bowl the 5 tablespoons of ketchup and 2 tablespoons of brown sugar. Use this sauce overtop of the meatloaf and spread it along the top evenly. Some may want this glaze on the top, others may not, but I find it does make it 'zing' a bit more than just plain old meatloaf!

 Put it in the oven for one hour, you can check the loaf with a thermometer when it states "med/well" then you know it is complete! Always allow the loaf to sit when done baking for about five minutes before slicing it.


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