A new fangled twist
On an old beef tradition
Will cause you to crave
This modern rendition
Once upon a time, I was a meatloaf hater! I didn’t want to make it, eat it, or even look at it.
But, about 15 years ago my sister changed me. She shared a recipe for “Misery Meatloaf” and insisted that I try it. Well, I did, and I instantly changed in to a meatloaf lover…but only my own creation.
Well, unfortunately, I lost the pathetic scrap of paper that this recipe was hastily jotted on, and I was forced to try to recreate my favorite meal from a sketchy memory. Apparently, I forgot a few details along the way and so it was never as good as the original.
Then, when we moved into a new house, the recipe reappeared, and I made “Misery Meatloaf” correctly, thus renewing my love for this bar-b-que wonder. But, sadly, it then disappeared once again.
Time marched on, and 2 babies later, we moved again. Miracle of all miracles, the recipe fluttered out of a cookbook as I was unpacking my new kitchen! (I have a tendency to put important things in “safe places”, never to find them again)
But…before I could make it again, the recipe disappeared AGAIN! (Seriously, I’m not kidding) I called my sister, desperately seeking the recipe and vowing to keep it safe from this point forward. (Kitchen Tip: tape your most favorite recipes inside of your spice cabinet)
Unfortunately, my sister did not remember the recipe and insisted that she had never heard of it. I tried Googling the ingredients and name with no luck. I simply gave up.
Then…during my most recent kitchen renovation, I came home from the grocery store to find the most coveted slip of paper on the counter! My wonderful husband, and a very helpful neighbor, found it under the refrigerator while they were ripping my old floor out. WOOOO WHOOOO!!!
So, in an effort to stop the crazy meatloaf roller coaster, I am posting the recipe, so that it may live in digital eternity, and I can retire the crinkled, faded slip of a recipe that likes to play hide & seek.
***I am not sure how this meal got its name, but I surely know that its constant disappearing act made me pretty miserable!
3lbs. ground beef or chicken
1 1/2 C. Seasoned bread crumbs
4Tbsp. Shredded Parmesan cheese
2Tbsp. Balsamic vinegar
1/4 C. Finely chopped Spanish onion
2tsp. Minced Garlic
- Combine all ingredients, mixing well. (I use my stand mixer on low)
- Form into an oval loaf with a uniform thickness, and place in a roasting pan or casserole dish
- Bake in an oven at 350 degrees for about 40 minutes
- Slice across the top of the meatloaf and baste with the sauce.
- Return the meatloaf to the oven and cook for 20 more minutes.
- Remove from the oven and let rest for 15 minutes before serving.
- Combine the ingredients below in a saucepan and simmer until well combined.
** you can double the sauce recipe and reserve some for dipping.
The photo above shows Misery Meatloaf served with mashed potatoes and roasted Brussels sprouts with kale.