Fail Proof Meatloaf

I’m sorry. My pictures are really ugly. But I promise it tastes good! I probably should’ve used extra ketchup to more fully cover the loaves…plus I like that nice crust it forms (:

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 medium yellow onion (diced)
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 medium red peper, finely diced (about 1 cup)
  • 1 tbsp dried parsley
  • 1 tbsp dried thyme
  • 2 lbs 95% lean ground beef (too fatty = greasy loaf)
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 3/4 cup finely crumbled saltine crackers (remember to cut back on salt if crackers are salted)
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 1 tbsp worcestershire sauce
  • ~2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 tsp ground black pepper

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Preheat oven to 350F degrees
  2. Line baking pan with aluminum foil and grease generously (I’ve discovered spray-able olive oil!)
  3. Heat oil in skillet over medium high heat. Saute onions, garlic, bay leaf until onions are soft and translucent. ~3min
  4. Add red pepper and cook until just soft ~5 min.
  5. Stir in parsley and thyme. Cook 2 more min.
  6. Remove from heat. Let it cool in the fridge. (You can also do this ahead of time.)
  7. In large bowl, combine beef, eggs, bread crumbs, 1/2 cup of ketchup, Worcestershire, salt, pepper, and cooled vegies. MIX WITH HANDS. it’s fun. DO NOT over mix! just enough to combine ingredients. You don’t want a dense/tough loaf.
  8. Transfer meat to pan. Form into 2 loaves. Coat with remaining 1/2 cup of ketchup.
  9. Bake for ~hour or until firm. Set aside to let heat distribute ~5-10 min, before cutting.

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