Before I was old enough to get in nuclear fights with my brother and take everything he said super personally I wanted to be just like him. He taught me to draw real shapes and not just scribbles, to build with Legos, make car and siren noises, build major forts in the woods, and to put ketchup on everything. Don’t worry, we worked through our “I hate you” phase and now we’re best buddies. Back to the ketchup. Sam would put it on noodles, I would put it on noodles. Sam would put it on eggs, I would put it on eggs. The same went with rice, hotdogs, hamburgers, ham sandwiches, veggies, mashed potatoes, and meatloaf. Especially meatloaf. Meatloaf was the perfect vehicle for ketchup, especially since it’s baked with a ketchup hat! Meatloaf is one of those comfort foods that I want when I’m feeling really low or just like I need a little taste of home. This year right before I came down with pneumonia all I wanted was meatloaf delivered to my house. Apparently, that’s a weird request. Once I got over the pneumonia hump I made a massive meatloaf and pot of mashed potatoes and thoroughly enjoyed eating it 2 meals a day for several days. Leftovers are my favorite.
1lb ground pork, veal, beef mixture (packaged as meatloaf or meatball mix at the store)
1lb ground beef
1 medium onion, chopped
1 large carrot, chopped
1-2 stalks of celery, chopped
1-2 cups of chopped mushrooms (I like shiitake and cremini mushrooms)
1 red bell pepper, chopped
1 clove of garlic, minced
1TBS Worcestershire sauce
4 hits of Tabasco
1 or 2 eggs
¼ cup parmesan cheese
salt & pepper
For the top:
½ cup ketchup
3 hits hot sauce
2 TBS bbq sauce
Preheat oven to 350
Take the meat out of the fridge to come to room temp so you don’t freeze your hands off.
Brown the onions over medium high heat.
When they’re soft and have brown edges add the mushrooms and cook until they give off their moisture.
Add the rest of the veggies and cook until pretty.
Add the garlic and cook until fragrant while stirring frequently, about a minute. Put this veggie mixture in a bowl and into the fridge to cool off.
In a bowl layer meat, Worcestershire sauce, Tabasco, egg, breadcrumbs, parmesan, salt & pepper, and browned veggies. Use your hands to mix everything together until well combined. Transfer meat to a 9”x13” pan and shape into a nice even loaf.
Whisk together the ketchup, hot sauce, and bbq sauce. Pour over the top of the loaf and use a spatula to evenly distribute the topping.
Place loaf in oven and bake for 1 hour and 20 minutes. When you poke the loaf the juice that runs out that should be clear.
I like to serve with mashed potatoes and some kind of green vegetable.
BONUS POST: Meatloaf Sandwich
Layer warmed meatloaf and mashed potatoes on bread. Schmear bread with mayo, ketchup, and hot sauce. Assemble and nom!