It turns out that something kinda crazy is happening. Blogger doesn't want to let me post tonight, so this is instead coming from my email. I'm hoping and praying this works correctly. If not, I'll fix it in the morning. Now, onto our recipe. (Next Morning Update: I added the pictures)
I am weird, I admit, but I don't really like meatloaf. I like everything in meatloaf, but when you put it together I'm not a big fan of it. Not sure why, but this is the truth. Not a meatloaf person. Dave, on the other hand, actually likes meatloaf. I make it and he tells me how good it is and occasionally wonders out loud why I don't make it more often. The reason, of course, is because I don't like meatloaf!
Tonight, to appease him (and because we had all the ingredients in the house) I made meatloaf. Besides, it became my baking recipe for the day, right?
3/4 cup bread crumbs
3/4 cup milk
2 lbs ground beef (can substitute ground turkey if you want to make it healthier)
1/2 brown onion (any type should do, it's what I had), chopped
1/4 teaspoon ground mustard
1/4 teaspoon basil
1/2 teaspoon minced garlic
1/8 teaspoon dill weed (can probably move this up to 1/4 teaspoon without a problem)
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
1. Turn the oven to 350.
2. Combine the bread crumbs with the milk in a small bowl and let them sit for about 5 minutes.
3. In another small bowl, beat the heck out of the egg
4. Once the 5 minutes are up, throw all the ingredients in a large bowl. Oh, and please make sure your ground beef is thawed, or you'll have issues. Just thought I'd throw that out there for people who used to be like me and didn't realize that. Yup, I've tried to make more than one meal with frozen ground beef. It's a bad plan.
5. Mix it all up. I started with a wooden spoon, but found it a lot easier to just mush the whole thing together with my hands. Just get it thoroughly mixed together.
6. Put the whole thing into a loaf pan. If you don't have a loaf pan or prefer a more "freestyle" meatloaf, put the lump in a 13"x9" inch pan and form it into a rectangle.
7. Bake for 1 hour and 15 minutes to 1 and a half hours, until thoroughly cooked. A meat thermometer should register the internal temperature at 165 degrees and there should be no pink.
To me, it tasted blah. Sunshine didn't eat it, but she doesn't eat 3/4 of the things we have for dinner. Beautiful G ate hers and Sunshine's, but she does that all the time too. Dave really liked it, so that's the ringing endorsement I give it. The person who likes meatloaf really likes this one. Enjoy it for your own dinner one night and tell me what you think!