Awwww Meatloaf! I really really like meatloaf. I like the meatloaf from Cracker Barrel but grandmother sure does make the best meatloaf. Everyone has their own opinion about it. It's not one of those recipes that you make when guests are coming over since you don't know if they will soon not ever come back to dinner.
Let me introduce you to my best friend, Kelli Gossmann. I first met Kelli my freshman year of college at Howard Payne University (Sting 'em Jackets). We soon became best friends my sophomore year (after our friends Robyn and Tiffany set us up) and have been friends ever since. We are very similar in many different areas....we both love Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, both love capers and salmon, both love to laugh until our stomachs hurt, both love to read, and both adore our husbands. We have traveled the world together and been in each other's weddings. There is one thing that Kelli and I have disagreed on ever since we first had our first conversation on this topic. I think we were driving somewhere having a fun day together and I realized her first flaw......her dislike for meatloaf. It wasn't just a "oooo - I think it's gross". Oh no, for Kelli it was "OOOOO - I would rather eat snails than meatloaf." HA!
Recently I received a text from Kelli that she tried meatloaf and I couldn't have been prouder that she came to the good side. She said it was ok. Then I was folding laundry and saw Paula Deen make a meatloaf so I texted Kelli and decided to post the recipe for meatloaf......it will change your life. Kelli, I sure love you and so thankful for your friendship. :)
(Can you find Kelli in this picture? Where's Kelli? Look for the beautiful smile and "English Queen wave".
1 1/2 lb lean ground beef, browned and crumbled
1 1/2 cup of Saltine crackers, crumbled up fine
1 clove garlic, minced finely
1 teaspoon of oregano and basil
1/3 cup green pepper
1 8oz can tomato paste
1 Tablespoon Worchestershire sauce (did I spell that right?)
1/3 cup milk
1 package of dry onion mix
Mix all the ingredients into a bowl except save half of the tomato paste for later. Mix it together with your hands......get in there and mix it really well. (If it looks to dry, you can add some water to it so it forms together nicely) Then flop it into a greased loaf pan and bake in preheated oven at 350 degrees for 60 minutes. At the last 15 minutes of cooking mix the tomato paste with some pepper and ketchup to your taste. Place on top the beloved loaf and continue baking. You might have to cook it longer if it doesn't look done. Let stand for 10 minutes before serving. Serve with more ketchup. :) I'm truly obsessed with Ketchup so I add ALOT.
OK, so where do you stand in the meatloaf dilemma? Let us know and let me know if you try this one. Ok, Kelli I'm so thrilled for you and wish I could be there with you!