Thursday, May 19, 2011

Lets Make Meatloaf!!

Today we are baking our entree~Homemade Meatloaf! There are probably a thousand different meatloaf renditions at there. This one is pretty basic and very deliciously moist. Here's the recipe:

1.5 pounds Ground Beef
1/2 cup Crushed Saltines
1 Egg
Ketchup
1 teaspoon Garlic Powder
Salt & Pepper
The first thing you need to do is chop your onion. The correct way to chop
an onion is to first cut off both ends. Peel the skin off. Then cut 
the onion in half thru both axis.
Put the onion on its side, cut side down, so the rounded 
half is on top. Cut slices starting at the front.
Take a small stack of slices, and begin cutting down 
the slices. This is going in the direction of the onion
and makes the cutting easier. Now the onion should be in small 
chopped pieces. You will probably have to cut a few pieces that
didn't cut the first time. 
Place the ground beef, the chopped onion, the egg,
garlic powder, and salt & pepper (just a sprinkle of each),
in a bowl.
Place about 1/2 of a sleeve of the saltines into a plastic zip lock.
Let the air out, and zip the bag.
Roll a rolling pin over the bag of saltines until they are 
crushed into fine crumbs. 
Add the saltines into the bowl.
Mix Well.
 Spray with a loaf pan, and place meatloaf mix into it.
Squirt ketchup like above. Bake in oven at 350 degrees
for about 30 minutes.
It will look like this when it is done
When the meatloaf is done, let it set and "rest" for about 10 minutes. 
To rest the meat means to give the meat 10 minutes to
let the juices in the meat redistribute itself, so they do 
not all flow out when the meat is cut. If the juices are 
not kept in the meat, the meat will be dry with no flavor.
Enjoy your meatloaf. Doesn't that look good?

There are many variations of meatloaf. You could add mushrooms,
or green or red peppers just to name a few. You could even add jalapenos!
Or, how about cheese!!

Thanks for joining me today!
See you tomorrow. We will be making fresh green bean almondine.

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