I had been thinking about this meatloaf for days and with the grocery limits that were imposed at my local grocery I had to shop twice but it was worth the effort!
I went with about 1 pound each of lamb, pork and beef and I had some mushrooms left so I took them for a spin in the food processor and added them to the meat mix. Aside from adding flavor they bulked up the meat a bit turning my 3 1/2 pounds of meat into about 4 pounds.
I decided to go super simple with the seasonings so the flavors of the meat would shine thru. Salt, pepper, onion and garlic powder. I did season the egg with a pinch of salt and pepper and I added onion and garlic to the breadcrumbs, I only had panko on hand despite shopping twice but I didn’t notice a difference in the end.
All of this sounds great so far doesn’t it? Well, the reality of 4 pounds of meat mix is that I only have 1 loaf pan. I had to get out my sheet pan and go with the free form method! I had intended to feed us for days and be able to put some in the freezer but this turned into more of a mountain than a loaf. I ended up with the sheet pan free form bit and the loaf pan filled up and I invited the kids over. So much meat loaf!!
I am not a fan of ketchup so I mixed up a spicy version. Ketchup, chili garlic paste, onion powder, worchestershire sauce, balsamic vinegar, salt and a mix of ground black and red pepper and let it get sexy with itself in the fridge while the meat cooked for about 30 minutes. I remember my Grandma put the ketchup on top and baked it the whole time but since I had added extra sugars to mine I was afraid it would burn if I cooked it for the entire hour.
I served us each a giant slice of the meat loaf with a side salad and extra spicy ketchup. Super simple, super tasty and pretty fast!
Here is a rough recipe:
- 1 pound ground beef
- 1 pound ground pork
- 1 pound ground lamb
- 16 ounces of mushrooms chopped pretty fine
- 2 eggs
- 1 cup bread crumbs
- desired seasonings
Mix everything together with your hands and do the least amount of mixing needed to get everything combined, if you over mix the meat will get tough and dry out during the cooking. Fill the loaf pan and make the free form mountain and bake at 325 for about an hour. If you make the spicy ketchup wait until halfway thru the cooking time to put it on or use regular and top the meats at the beginning of the bake time.
Thanks ya’ll!! Happy cooking!