the boyfriend is what you’d call a ‘meat and potatoes’ kind of guy. growing up, he loved his mother’s meatloaf and it was the only dish he would tolerate mushrooms in. i’ve only ever made meatloaf once, but that felt like a bit of a cheat because of the stuffing mix. this time, i decided to make ‘real’ meatloaf.
while searching for a recipe, i noticed that it’s pretty common to see both beef and pork included. while at the supermarket i noticed reduced-to-clear packages of ground chicken i decided to combine that with regular beef and keep my fingers crossed that the meatloaf wouldn’t turn out dry.
the recipe i ended up settling for was found on – of all places – a website called ‘man tested recipes’. the man who submitted this recipe is named andrew and, apparently, he’s kind of a big deal because of this dish. i chose it because it didn’t have a tomato sauce topping, and used bacon instead. yes!
1 lb regular ground beef
1 lb ground chicken
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp ground pepper
2 eggs, beaten
1 1/2 c bread crumbs
3 Tbsp Worchestershire sauce
1 tsp dried thyme leaves
3 Tbsp ketchup
1 medium onion, diced
1/2 c mozzerella cheese, diced into small cubes
3 strips bacon
preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
mix all ingredients (except bacon) well in bowl. if you’re like me and hate handling raw meat, this is where rubber gloves come in handy! form the mixture into a loaf pan, and lay strips of bacon over the top.
bake in the preheated oven for 1 hour, until the meatloaf registers 160 degrees F on a thermometer. let rest for 15 to 20 minutes.
serve with garlic and herb mashed potatoes, drizzled with gravy.
the recipe said it made 6 servings, which i tend to be a bit skeptical about (given that mr. “meat and potatoes” can eat a lot). surprisingly, this fed us for 3 nights. hooray!
andrew’s famous meatloaf