SO…really, it went down like this….MARK has been protesting meatloaf for as long as I have known him (right up there with flank steak).  I grew up on my dad’s meatloaf and it always reminds me of home- lots of love goes into meatloaf and I think it is a very personal treat that one can only enjoy two times a year tops.

To be clear…I did LOVE Mark’s meatloaf kabob…but it was just that.  A kabob.  He did nail it and if I would have let him use the broiling pan last night, they would have been even better.

K- lets get back to REAL meatloaf and a small confession…I did semi-follow a recipe from Pioneer Woman- couldn’t help myself.  I made a couple alterations…here are the ingredients:

Ash mixing

MEATLOAF (sourced from Fred Meyer Ballard except where stated…

1 cup whole milk
5 slices of white bread
2 pounds ground beef (I used 1lb 80/20 & 1lb 90/10- don’t ask why)
1 1/2 cup freshly grated parmigiana reggianno (Trader Joe’s Ballard)
3/4 teaspoon sea salt
freshly ground black pepper
1/2 heaping cup of minced flat-leaf parsley
3 beaten eggs (Camano Island Egg Company)
1 medium onion
3-4 cloves of garlic

SAUCE:

…I forgot Ketchup when I made my earlier trip to Fred Meyer (I blame it on National Margarita Day) SO I had to run to Saveway :0)

1 1/2 cup Ketchup
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 tablespoon worcester sauce (to taste really)

Just mix all the ingredients and set aside!

HERE WE GO…..

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Pour milk over the bread slices and let it sit while preparing the other ingredients

Chop the onion and garlic in a food processor — it is OK if it is mushy

Place the onion/garlic, ground beef, milk-soaked bread, parmigiana reggianno, salt, pepper, beaten eggs and parsley in a large mixing bowl and get dirty- with clean hands, of course!

When the ingredients are mixed, form a loaf shape and place it on a broiler pan (HINT!  don’t forget to line the bottom of the pan with foil).

Pour 1/3 of the sauce over the top of the meatloaf and pop it in the oven for 45 minutes….THEN pour another 1/3 on top and bake for another 15 minutes!

Maybe twice a year :)

Yummmy!  Will definitely use this recipe again but will cut the recipe in half (or have more people over for dinner) :0) …we have meatloaf coming out of our ears over here!

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