So, you're probably thinking, meatloaf, really? It's June for heaven's sake, but actually, last week when I was whipping up supper, it was only 55 degrees outside. That's not grilling weather for me, folks. And considering it was June, I refused to turn on the heat and therefore had to use the oven as a personal heater. My plan was to make an all in one meal that would need to cook in the oven for a good long time (the longer the "heat" was on, the better!). That meal, was of course, meatloaf with potatoes and carrots on the side. I went to my Mom's classic meatloaf recipe that was used numerous times in my childhood and got to work.
|Start by crushing up some saltine crackers (about 1 cup). I had some wheat saltines and they worked just fine.
|Once you have the saltines crushed, add in 1/2 cup of milk, one egg, one teaspoon of salt, and one tablespoon of dried onion flakes, or in my case, onion powder. Of course you could do fresh chopped onion as well.
|Add the meat into the mix and then work the entire concoction with your hands. It just works better, I'm telling you!
Finally put the mixture into a pan and form it into a loaf-- a meat loaf, that is.
|Cook the meat loaf for half an hour on it's own and then add in the potatoes and carrots and cook for an hour more. Now, that's a classic meatloaf!