Sometimes you just crave meat and there is nothing better than the comfort of meat loaf. I also like that I’m usually able to make it with the contents of my pantry and freezer – no special ingredients required!
Here is my basic recipe for meatloaf:
3 lb ground meat – either beef or a mix of pork, venison and beef
1 cup stale bread
1/3 cup milk
2 cups of frozen peppers and onions or 1/2 cup each fresh chopped
1 8 oz can tomato sauce
salt and pepper to taste
1 Tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
Break bread into small pieces and soften with milk. Let sit for a few moments while you cook the veggies.
Saute onions and peppers until they are just softened in a cast iron skillet and have released their juices. Add in about a 1/3 of a can of tomato sauce and stir to heat through. Remove from heat and let cool slightly.
With your hands mix together peppers, onions and tomato, softened bread and eggs with the meat. Add salt and pepper and Worcestershire and mix until well combined. Form into a loaf in the wiped down cast iron skillet.
Bake at 350 degrees F for 30 minutes. Remove and pour off fat. Cover with glaze (recipe follows) and bake for 45 minutes more. Remove from pan to rest for 5 minutes before serving.
Rest of can of tomato sauce and enough ketchup to make 1 cup
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
2 1/2 tablespoons cider vinegar
1/2 teaspoon hot sauce
Whisk all ingredients in saucepan until sugar dissolves. Simmer over medium heat until slightly thickened, about 5 minutes. Cover and keep warm.
Don’t forget meatloaf sandwiches make great leftovers, too!