February 23, 2011

Easy Meatloaf

Apologies for the poor lighting. This photo does no justice to the real deal.

After a draining day at school, I came home ultra hungry and tired (uh oh). Somehow, I mustered up enough energy to clean out the fridge and cook up one kickass meatloaf -- it seriously might be the best I've ever made. Best of all, it is super easy! You just mix things in a bowl, plop it in a pan, and bake!

{ Slight variation of this recipe }

  • 1 1/2 lb. ground beef
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 onion, diced (I used a small red onion)
  • 1 cup milk (with a splash of heavy whipping cream)
  • 1 cup Italian bread crumbs (crushed saltines work too)
  • leftover jalapenos (from a can), finely chopped
  • leftover chipotle chiles in adobe sauce, finely chopped
  • 1/2 lime worth of lime juice
  • salt & pepper, ginger, and parsley flakes, to taste
  • 2 tbsp. brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp. Dijon mustard
  • 1/3 cup ketchup
  • 4 tbsp. adobe sauce from can (if you don't have this, just add more ketchup, or even BBQ sauce)


1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

2. In a large bowl, combine beef, lime juice, egg, chopped onions, chiles, jalapenos, milk, and bread crumbs. Season with salt & pepper, ginger, parsley flakes (I just eyeballed everything)

3. Place meat mixture in a lightly greased 5x9 in. loaf pan.

4. In a separate bowl, combine adobe sauce, ketchup, mustard, and brown sugar. Mix well and pour over meatloaf.

5. Bake for ~1 hour. Take the pan out and let it cool for ~10 min. before serving.

What I'll do differently next time:
  • Saute the onions in butter and garlic prior to mixing it in with the meat.
  • Add some Worchestershire sauce to the meat.
  • Let it cook for a bit longer so the excess liquid soaks up into the meat rather than chill in the pan.
  • Dice, rather than chop the onions.


Food for thought:


Also, why is it that I compulsively update my blog when I am the busiest?
Ok, I'm done. 

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