I know to some of you, the word 'meatloaf' kind of makes you say blek - as it did for me growing up - even now, it's not my most favorite 'meal' out there...yet, it is such a comfort food - and once it's on the table, I DO enjoy it...and my husband really LOVES it, so there!
On this sort of Mundane Monday, and the first full day of spring, the first back to reality day after a glorious spring break week...well, this day just cried out 'easy meal night'! A simple meal maybe, but flavor-less, no way. There's just something about spreading that traditional catsup on top of that meatloaf, cracking fresh black pepper on top and then covering with fresh slices of bell peppers...as I put it into the oven, my mind says, 'aww that's just like mom used to make it' - maybe THAT'S the comfort part. Then there's the what goes INTO meatloaf...THAT is the REAL mystery...sort of like tuna salad! Some things I just can't trust unless I have personally made them...please tell me I am not the only one that does this?!?!!
In our family, meatloaf has traditionally never had the exact same ingredients each time, but they've all come from a master list of ingredients that always stayed the same. What is chosen from that master list just depends on what is in the pantry at any given time.
Our master list always consisted of:
eggs (sometimes one, sometimes two)
garlic (chopped and powder)
crackers (saltines or ritz)
dry onion soup mix
sliced bell peppers
Then, on any given evening that meatloaf is to be made - we choose any variety of these ingredients to add to a pound or so of ground beef...but we always, I mean always, spread catsup on top...even if we don't lay cute little bell pepper slices on top...the catsup is a must!
How do you like YOUR meatloaf???