Every year for my husband’s birthday, I cook up a special supper of his choice. I offer to make anything his heart desires, from steak, to lasagna, to delicate fish filets, he can chose whatever he wants.
So imagine my surprise last year when he requested meatloaf.
Actually, not just any meat loaf, he specifically requested this meatloaf. It’s one of his favorite meals, and even though I hated meatloaf growing up, I have to admit that this recipe is pretty darn good!
- 1 pound grass-fed ground beef (or I often use deer burger or antelope)
- 1 beaten egg
- 1/4 cup milk
- 1/4 cup dry bread crumbs
- 1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon sea salt
- 1/2 teaspoon each: dried oregano, onion powder, ground black pepper
- 1 cup shredded cheese (I usually use sharp cheddar)
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
In a large bowl, thoroughly combine the meat, egg, milk, parmesan, bread crumbs, and seasonings. Toss the spoon and just use your hands to mix everything together. It’s a little messy, but effective. Then add in the cheese and incorporate.
Shape into a loaf and place in a 9″ x 5″ pan OR shape it into whatever design you want and place in an 8″ x 8″ pan.
Bake for 45 minutes to an hour, or until the meat is no longer pink. Take special care not to overcook this if you are using grass fed meat, since it is leaner by nature and will become dry if overdone.
You’ll never be able to tolerate bland meatloaf again after trying this recipe. I still think it’s a little crazy that he chose this over steak, but to each his own, right?