I have never made meatloaf before. So, naturally, I looked it up. Apparently, meatloaf is a European dish, even mentioned in famous Roman cookery, as early as the 5th century. It is traditionally a German, Belgian and Dutch Dish. During the Great Depression, this dish, was a great way to make food stretch. You can use a lot of leftover meats and with some spices, create a dish that was filling. It is a considered a comfort food and often is eaten between two slices of bread, as a leftover. Mmmmm…Well, enough with the lesson. Here is my impression. A meatloaf is whatever you make of it. You can throw in different spices and different vegetables and meats and make a completely new dish, very easily. I think I am going to experiment with a few ideas and see what I come up with. According to what I have read, you can bake meatloaf two ways. One is in a loaf pan (or muffin tin), which pretty much steams the insides of the loaf or you can form a loaf and baking it on a baking dish, which will give a more crispy loaf. For this recipe I am trying is a BBQ Meatloaf baked in a loaf pan.
3/4 lbs of Ground Sirloin
3/4 lbs of Ground Chuck
1/2 a green bell pepper, diced small
1/2 a can of Condensed French onion soup
1/3 cup of bread crumbs **Gluten Sensitivity, used cooked rice
dash of Worcestershire Sauce
1 tablespoon of ketchup
1/2 tablespoon of dried parsley
1/2 tablespoon of Chili Powder
1/2 teaspoon of black pepper
1/2 teaspoon of dried oregano
1/4 teaspoon of thyme
1/2 teaspoon of ground cumin
Your favorite BBQ Sauce (I used Jack Daniels BBQ Sauce)
- Preheat oven to 350 F
- Combine all ingredients and mix well
- Form mixture into a loaf, in a loaf pan
- Bake for 1 hour
- Brush your favorite BBQ Sauce on top
- Bake for 15 minutes
- Allow meatloaf to rest for 15-20 minutes (So that it doesn’t fall apart)
Slice and Serve!
My reactions to this meatloaf. I think that, although it was very tasty, I am used to more spicy meals. I think that I would add some more seasonings to this recipe. Also, the meatloaf was very moist. I think I want to try this recipe, baked without a loaf pan. Finally, I would caramelize some bacon and onions and saute the bell peppers, prior to adding it to the mixture. The bell peppers, were too tough, even diced small.