Dad made the best meatloaf. It gave me some extremely rank gas (no doubt due to the half cup or so of dehydrated onions), but it was tasty. I never got his ‘recipe’ (he just threw it together out of long practice), but I think I’ve come pretty close. Out of curiosity, I looked at the recipe on the back of a box of Lipton onion soup mix, and it looks like my version of dad’s recipe - only without the dehydrated onions, and with catsup in it. So this is what I made last night:
2 pounds ground beef
1 pound ground pork
1 cup bread crumbs
½ yellow onion
¾ cup water
1 ½ packets Lipton onion soup mix
The SO doesn’t like the effects of dehydrated onions, so I went with a fresh onion. I usually mince things with a knife, but I was feeling lazy; so I put half an onion and about a third of a bunch of parsley into the food processor and minced it up much, much more finely than I would have with a knife. Again being lazy, I transferred it into the stand mixer bowl. I added the meat, and set the mixer to ‘Stir’. Then the rest of the stuff went in until everything was thoroughly mixed.
I shaped it into a load and put it on a rack in a pan, covered it with foil, and popped it into a 350ºF oven for an hour and a half. I took the foil off and poured a can of tomato sauce over it, and then put it back into the oven for 20 minutes. It might have used a little more soup mix, or a little salt, but I hate it when things are too salty. It was just salty enough, and we both liked it.
Some people like meatloaf with brown gravy. I grew up with tomato sauce, so that’s the way I like it. I like how the acidity of the tomatoes works with the saltiness of the meat.
‘Mom’ gave the cat a few tiny bits of meatloaf. He liked it too.