Meatloaf, a great American staple. Comfort food found on almost every diner menu and every home in the country. Everyone in my family loves meatloaf (except for our daughter Sam, she’s a vegetarian), George most of all. So tonight we are having meatloaf. And, like a lot of family favorites, everyone has their own way of making this iconic dish. My recipe is pretty simple; I grind beef and pork, mix it with a little egg, some breadcrumbs, seasoning and form it into a loaf. Top it with bacon and pop it into a 375 degree oven for about 50 minutes. Take it out, let it rest and slice. Pretty easy.
But the first time I made this as a new bride it wasn’t quite that simple. I didn’t have a recipe, it cost too much to make a long distance call to my mom (we were on a military salary), and the internet was yet to become a public network. So I decided to go from memory. And the ingredients I remembered were ground beef, cracker crumbs, egg and worcesterschire sauce. I had the basic ingredients; it was the proportions I screwed up. I used a 1/4 lb of beef, two sleeves of saltine crackers and one egg. After baking it for about an hour. I took it out and tried to slice it. What we had was a cracker loaf held together with a very little meat. My dear sweet husband ate one slice, then filled up on mashed potatoes. Fortunately he gave me another chance and I redeemed myself. Now it is one of his favorite dishes.
I guess we all have some flops along the way. Tonight won’t be one of them!