Meatloaf

My husband is a major meatloaf fan, me not so much.  This basic meatloaf recipe is moist and flavorful, while easy enough I don’t mind making it!  It also freezes excellent, perfect for make ahead lunches!

Here is what you need:

1 pound of hamburger

1 egg

1 teaspoon salt

1/4-1/2 teaspoon pepper

1/3 cup bread crumbs

1/3 cup ketchup (or salsa), plus additional for topping

1 bell pepper

1 large carrot (or about 6 baby carrots)

1 small onion

Finely chop the pepper, carrot and onion.  Mix will all of the other ingredients. If you find it is too loose a couple more tablespoons of bread crumbs.  Place in a baking dish (I used a loaf pan).  Bake covered in a 350’F oven for 1 hour.  Uncover and spread extra ketchup or salsa over the top and bake for about an other 10-15 minutes.  Allow to cool before removing from the pan or slicing (about 15 minutes).

This is what my process looked like:

A couple notes here, I added about half an extra egg to this meatloaf. It was left over from 5 A.M. cupcakes…… I also put a small hole in my aluminium foil to allow some steam to escape when the meatloaf was cooking, our ground beef is not lean, so it has quite a bit of moisture that needed to get out.

You can also make mini-loafs out of this by using a muffin tin.  Just be sure to leave some space at the top so the grease doesn’t boil over and smoke up your oven!  I would also suggest placing the muffin tin on a cookie sheet for good measure, not that I would know from experience or anything.

I sliced this bad boy up into five good size chunks and added to my handy dandy lunch storage containers along with Mac and Cheese and green beans.  You can also find those recipes on TheTuesdayTable.  The whole meal making experience took me about two hours and produced five meatloaf meals and many meals of mac and cheese for the freezer.