Thursday, June 3, 2010

Not-Just-Another Meatloaf.

Hands down, THE best meatloaf recipe ever.
Trust me.
Try it; and if you do not have your husband willing to do anything for you by the end of the meal, I will give you your money back. Promise.

2 pounds extra lean ground beef
1 package onion soup mix
6 ounces tomato paste
1/2 cup bread crumbs
1 tablespoon mustard
2 teaspoons worcestershire sauce
1 clove garlic
2 eggs

Throw the above ingredients into a bowl and squish the life out of it. Wash your hands first. Wash your hands after, too, 'cause it's a little messy.
When thoroughly mixed, divide into roughly 4 equal portions. You may use a loaf pan, in which case, you would flatten the 4 portions into roughly rectangles. I use a cast iron frying pan, so I squish them into 4 large flat round patties. (my husband can use the added iron in his diet, but that is a different long and whiney post, that I haven't even written yet.)
Then, take:

6 ounces extra lean ham
6 ounces mozzarella cheese, part skim milk
and divide into thirds. (3 2-oz piles of each.)

Lay one patty down, top with ham, then top with cheese. Lay another patty on top of that, then top with more ham, more cheese. Another patty, then last of the ham, last of the cheese, then top with final patty. Squish it all *a little bit* only enough to seal the edges. Now if you want your husband to actually follow you around the house singing your praises, take 4 strips of bacon and lay over the top of all this (I do it in a lattice-work fashion, to elevate this particular recipe closer to the heavens, far above a common meatloaf recipe.) and pop into a 375 degree oven for 45 minutes or so. It is, however, still delicious without the bacon, but then I call it diet food. ;)

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