Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Not Yo Grandma's Meatloaf

Nope.  Not Granny's recipe!  I remember the brick that my grandmother would put on the table for dinner & call meatloaf when I was a kid.  Ewwwwwww! This recipe I have been tweaking for a little over 10 years, and honestly I don't think I can do anything to make it better at this point.  It's fairly healthy, easy, and fast.....that's a recipe for success.  Growing up I never liked my Granny's version of meatloaf, but my dad made a mean meatloaf! I've been meaning to write this recipe down for y'all for a while, but a phone call with my dad recently finally got me to write it down.  We were comparing our meatloaves, & since you sent me yours Dad, this one is for you!Meatloaf 1- Life with the HawleysFrom the Kitchen of Darby Hawley
2 tbs unsalted butter (I use grass-fed, or coconut oil)
1 medium onion, diced
1 green pepper, diced
1 16 oz. beer (This is a key ingredient, so don't skimp here!  It could be dark or amber.  I've used: St. Arnold's Christmas, Rahr & Sons Winter Warmer, Newcastle, Blue Moon, Real Ale Brewhouse Brown, & DFH Indian Brown.... they're all worked great!)
1 tsp dried thyme
1 tsp dried mustard
1 tsp sea salt
1 tsp ground pepper
2 lbs ground beef
1 lb ground pork
1/2 cup bread crumbs (whole wheat, regular, panko, or 2 slices of bread...I've used them all & they all work)
Sprinkle of dried parsley
2 eggs, beaten
1.5 cups ketchup
1 tbs brown sugar
2 tsp (heaping) dried mustard
Worcestershire sauce, to taste
Take your rings off for this recipe! You're get'n messy!
1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.  In a skillet, y'all know I used cast iron, combine butter/coconut oil, onions & pepper.  When they start to soften (about 5 minutes), add in the beer. It will smell amazing! Then add in the thyme, mustard, sea salt & pepper as the beer begins to evaporate.  Then turn off the skillet.
2. In a separate bowl, mix together beef, pork, bread crumbs, parsley, & eggs with your fingers (you might start with a spoon, but you will abandon that plan quickly; I promise ;-).  Then add the onion/green pepper mixture.  Toss it all together just until mixed.  You don't want to over-handle the meat.
3. Line the bottom layer of a broiler pan with foil (you'll thank me later when you're doing dishes).  Then form your meat into a loaf on the pan.  Cook for an hour.
4. While the meat is cooking, mix the sauce: ketchup, brown sugar, mustard, & Worcestershire sauce.  After the meatloaf has cooked for an hour, turn the oven up to 475 degrees and apply this sauce to the top & edges and then cook for another 45 minutes.
5. Enjoy!DSC_0047
Meatloaf 2- Life with the Hawleys
xoxo Darby

1 comment :

Michelle said...

Have you tried to cook this in a Crock Pot? And have you made the meatloaf and frozen it to cook for later? Or how about mini loaves? Just curious about the flexibility of the recipe.

I like meatloaf but the rest of the family isn't so hot on it. I may have to make this one for myself. ;)

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