Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Best Meatloaf Ever!

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Around here meatloaf is for rainy winter and early spring days.  A really good meatloaf is the ultimate comfort food.  I have to say though, I think meatloaf gets a bad wrap and with some of the meatloaves I have tasted, I understand why.  Every meatloaf I have had other than my mothers has been bland, dry and quite frankly - inedible.

My mom's meatloaf is the only meatloaf I have ever liked and this one comes super close, if I do say so myself!  The next rainy day or Sunday afternoon dinner give meatloaf another try! 


Ingredients - 

1 pound of grass fed beef or buffalo meat
1 egg
1 small yellow onion
2  garlic cloves
2 slices of bread - use great bread for this!
1 tbs of ground flax seeds (do not substitute the flax entirely for the bread. Trust me on this one)
2 oz. Worcestershire sauce
 6 oz tomato sauce
1 heaping tablespoon of real mustard (I use a great one from France)
1 tbs of Italian Seasoning
2 teas of fresh ground pepper
1 teas of sea salt or Celtic salt

Rosemary sprig for topping
2 tbs of tomato sauce for topping

Preheat oven to 350 degrees
Toast your bread slices and allow to dry until hard. Chop finely.
Mince the garlic cloves
Dice the onion

In mixing bowl add meat, egg, bread crumbs, tomato sauce, spices and Worcestershire sauce

Mix well.
If at all dry add a dash of tomato sauce and Worcestershire sauce then mix again
Place in cast iron skillet or pan (I do not use a loaf pan!)
Form the meat into a loaf shape and add toppings - tomato sauce, spices and rosemary sprig
We also always chop fresh potatoes and carrots and place around the meat.
It all cooks and is done at the same time and is delicious! 

Bake for 40 minutes or until done.
Cool 10 minutes and enjoy!

We love this meatloaf with garlicky green beans!


My Notes:

Do not and I repeat do not substitute flax seeds for the entire bread called for.  Just because ground flax looks like maybe it could work as a bread crumb.  It does not work.  Please trust me on this.

I use organic ingredients, grass fed meats and always Non-GMO foods 

Yes, I'm obsessed with cooking in cast iron.

When my kids were small and a bit pickier on the foods they ate I would add a 1/2 cup of blended carrots to this.

I am absolutely baffled as to why anyone would add sugar to meatloaf.  The America diet has enough sugar.  Please do not add sugar to your meat! 

And milk. Milk to meatloaf? Um...no. Just no.

This is delicious, but not a sponsored post.

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