Revised Meatloaf Recipe

4 years ago

Back when I first joined Luuux I think I shared my meatloaf recipe that I originally started making based off of the meatloaf my grandmother-in-law makes. I changed it up to suit my own tastes and the needs/likes/wants of my family. Well, I have since taken it a bit further.

let me say, I am not a meat loaf person because typically they are covered it ketchup or tomato paste. I don`t put any of that into mine... not at all.

For this meal I used a pound of ground sirloin, an egg, some old fashioned oats, a packet of dry onion soup mix, a can of french onion soup, frozen spinach leaf, red pepper flakes, garlic powder, bay style seasoning, salt, pepper, cream of mushroom soup, and mozzarella cheese slices.

Usually I also use ground sausage but I wanted to leave it out this time with the changes I was making. The cheese is also new. I stuffed it in the middle of the meatloaf. I thought that would be good and something I`ve never tried before. The pepper flakes are also new... I don`t know why, but a bit of heat appealed to me when I was grabbing the seasonings. The mushroom soup and spinach I ALWAYS use... I won`t eat it without. Trust me.. it is good. Try adding some spinach into yours next time you make some.. I know it sounds gross but it isn`t. Really, you hardly taste it, if at all. It takes on all the flavors of the other ingredients. Plus, it is a good way to get in some veggies for yourself and/or for your little ones. My son is a very picky eater but he will devour a slice of meatloaf like it is cake. CRAZY!

I simply mixed all of the ingredients as I normally would, excluding the cream of mushroom soup and the cheese slices. I put about half of the mixture into the meatloaf pan and then added four slices of the mozzarella cheese over the top. I finished it by pouring in the remaining half of the meatloaf mixture and patting it down. I cooked it in the oven, covered, at 350 degrees for one hour. Then, I removed the foil from the top and continued to cook it for a half hour. I removed the pan from the oven and poured the mushroom soup over the top and put it back into the oven for a final 15 minutes. Done!

I always serve my meatloaf with mashed potatoes. It is the ultimate pairing. For the gravy, I used the left over gravy from the Father`s Day meal (the pork chops)... I put it back into a sauce pan and added a bit more flour mixture (a couple tablespoons of flour and a bit of water until it is a wet paste) to thicken it more. I let that simmer for quite some time to allow it to reduce.

Finally, I had some of the left over buttered brussel sprouts from the Father`s Day dinner, too. For my husband and son, I made some sweet corn. They don`t enjoy brussel sprouts as much as me, so they will only have a teeny-tiny serving of them... so I have to offer up something else along side them. (picky boys... la sigh)


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