I just don’t get it.
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 cheesy 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!
The Best Cheesy Meatloaf Recipe
- 1 pound grass-fed ground beef (or I often use deer burger or antelope)
- 1 beaten egg
- 1/4 cup whole 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, dried parsley
- 1/4 teaspoon dried sage
- 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. Sprinkle with extra dried parsley and oregano, if you wish.
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.
(Supper idea: Try serving this cheesy meatloaf with my steakhouse-style baked potatoes– it’s comfort food at its finest, AND you can save energy by baking both things at the same time!)
After trying this recipe, you’ll never be able to tolerate bland meatloaf again.
(I still think it’s a little crazy that hubby chose this over steak… But to each his own– right?)
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