October 18, 2011 at 9:00 am
by Michael Tyrrell
Growing up in a very large family, you didn’t have much imput as to what was served for dinner. Mom was a good home cook; any complaints about the menu were met with a glance over her glasses which conveyed sort of “are you freakin’ kidding me” ! The one meal everyone loved was meatloaf. It was almost always serve with whipped potatoes, peas & carrots, pan gravy and Philsbury biscuits. I am sure she really didn’t have a recipe so this is her version of meatloaf as best as I can reconstruct. We only make this a few times a year and this past Sunday seemed right for this comforting meal.
For the meatloaf ( this is about half of what my Mom actually would make) :
In a large bowl combine 1/2 cup plain bread crumbs, 1/3 cup milk, 2 eggs, 1/2 teaspoon each garlic powder, onion powder, dried oregano, basil, thyme, parsley flakes, salt and black pepper. Add 2 pounds of ground chuck, 1/2 teaspoon hot sauce ( my tweak) and 1/4 cup ketchup. Mix with your hand until all ingredients are combined and place into a large greased roasting pan; form into a loaf. Throw a large onion, cut into wedges around the loaf and roast at 400 degrees for 45 to 60 minutes.
Remove meatloaf to a serving platter. Make a simple pan gravy with 3 tablespoons flour and 1 can of beef broth. Strain and add in a small can drained sliced mushrooms and heat through.