How do you feel about meatloaf? Strange question? Maybe. Maybe not.
I have a confession to make…I do not particularly like meatloaf. There, I said it. Let the judgement begin. I mean, really, whose idea was it to create an entree from baked, ground meat? Odd, if you ask me.
Although I’m not a fan, I live in a house full of guys nearly all of whom LOVE it. So this means that against better judgment, there are times when I make meatloaf. Today was one of those days. Since I have a bit of an aversion to it, I usually add wide variety of ingredients to make it lighter and more flavorful. Today I made it with ground chicken. Does that mean I have to change the name to “poultry loaf”? Seems like a reasonable question. In all honesty, I did add some ground beef because I like a mix. I guess that makes it a mixed media loaf.
I don’t actually have a real recipe, but that’s what’s so great about cooking. One really doesn’t need exact amounts to create something delicious. I can tell you that my loaf did include some of each of the following:
- Italian style ground chicken (1lb)
- ground beef (1/2 lb)
- sandwich bread (soaked in milk)
- bottled bbq sauce
- 3 eggs
- shredded zucchini
- shredded cheddar cheese
- parmesan cheese
- fresh thyme
- ground mustard
- garlic salt
- fresh ground pepper
Here is what it look like when all combined…
The loaf looked a little plain, so I wove a little bacon on top to jazz it up…
I had some of the mix left, so I made some meatballs to have with another meal.
After baking the loaf tented with foil for 45 min at 350 degrees, I took off the foil and put it under the broiler for 10 min to crisp the bacon. Then I brushed on some bbq sauce and put it back under the broiler for 5 min. Here was the final product…
And, I have to admit it was pretty good. At least the guys thought so! No leftovers!