Wednesday, February 2, 2011

New Twist on Meatloaf

I never really loved Meatloaf and neither did my husband.  I was determined to come up with a recipe that we both love, because we all know that it's one of America's staple meals.  :)  I made this once and Dave and I about died.  Not only was it meatloaf, but it was DELICIOUS!  So here is what I came up with....

1 1/2 lb. Lean Ground Beef
1 1/2 lb. Mild Italian Ground Sausage
3 Garlic cloves minced
2-4 T. Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1 Large red onion Diced
2 T. Fresh Parsley Chopped
2 T. Fresh Basil Chopped
2 eggs Beaten
1 Cup Bread Crumbs/Saltine Crackers Crushed
Salt and Pepper to Taste

Heat oven to 375 degrees.  Put oil into a saute pan and heat.  When the oil is hot, throw in the onion and garlic and cook it until it is translucent.  Let it cool. 

In a mixing bowl mix the cooled onion and garlic, eggs, meat, herbs, and bread crumbs.  Form the meat into a loaf and put into a greased loaf pan.

Bake in the oven for anywhere from 45min-2 hours.  Use a meat thermometer to see when the internal temp. reads 175 degrees.  Once the temp. is 170, turn off the oven and turn on the broiler to high.  Broil the meatloaf for about 5 min or until crispy on top.  Watch it carefully.  You just want the outside crisp.

Take out of the oven and serve with grilled asparagus or red potatoes.  Delicious!

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