Usually when I think of meatloaf I do not think of a very exciting meal, but you can take something hum drum and make it wonderfully delicious. My mom always made meatloaf when we were growing up and I can honestly say it was not my go to meal, of coarse it was good, but not my fave.
Living in a home with a teenage boy and almost teen girl, plus my husband I have some hungry mouths to feed. They all need a hearty meal or they are hungry twenty minutes later. So I like to make a meatloaf.
Most of the time you see a meatloaf with just one type of meat in it. I like to make mine with different meats, meaning more than one. You can also dress it up to be any style meatloaf you like.
The Basic recipe
1 lb ground beef (preferably grass fed)
1/2 lb mild Italian sausage
1/2 c oatmeal (or bread crumbs)
salt and pepper to taste
Topped with ketchup
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Mix all ingredients together well and form into a shapely loaf. Artfully top with ketchup. Bake for 1 hour and 20 minutes.
There are few easy changes that you can make to change it up a little;
Chorizo instead of Italian sausage
Ground Turkey of Chicken instead of ground Beef
Veggies- Italian (basil, tomatoes, olives, spinach, mushrooms) Italian seasoning
Veggies- Corn, red, green, yellow, peppers, black beans, jalapeños. Taco seasoning
Honestly you can make it any style you would like. It can even be put into tins to make mini meatloaves. What ever your heart and stomach desire there is no limit to what you can do with a meatloaf. Make it fun and make it yours.