Text convo between me and Bustle:
So, the SECRET will surprise you. I mean, a little. It’s meatloaf, people.
Still, it’s meatloaf to die for! And I will spoil the surprise in advance by telling you the secret is red wine and a little mustard. Because suspense makes me anxious, and so maybe it makes you anxious, so I just saved you, you’re welcome.
On to the recipe!
(SIDENOTE) has there ever been an actual good picture of meatloaf, no matter how yummy? It’s not a photogenic food. I just wrote that, and then immediately went and checked to make sure some Pinterest bitch wasn’t making a fool out of me with a gorgeous meatloaf beauty shot out there…. we’re safe. Meatloaf is not pretty but it is delicious.
(ANOTHER SIDENOTE: So…the way I was taught to cook, I don’t really …. measure things, per se, unless I’m following someone else’s recipe. I go by texture and look and taste. It drives Bustle crazy. For the purposes of sharing I have approximated amounts here, but feel free to use your own judgment. That’s the nice thing about meatloaf, it’s not an exact science.)
This recipe is a two-person meatloaf, so double up if you’ve got kiddos or company.
For the Loaf:
3/4 lb of ground sirloin
2/3 cup of finely chopped white onion
4-5 good, hearty dashes of Worcestershire sauce
1/3 cup tomato puree
1/4 to 1/3 cup Panko breadcrumbs
several twists of fresh ground black pepper
Just a sprinkle of McCormick's meatloaf seasoning (do NOT use the whole packet)
*I am personally anti-bell pepper, but do what you want.
Mix all these things together. Smush 'em up real good. Form into a loaf and place in a ceramic or glass baking dish. Sprinkle with garlic salt and onion powder. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes or until done.
For the Sauce:
Here’s where the magic happens!
2 cloves garlic
1/3 cup finely chopped white onion
2 tbsp butter
1/2 can diced tomoatoes
1/2 cup Crushed tomatoes or tomato puree
1/4 - 1/3 cup Red wine (the jammier the better)
1 tsp Balsamic vinegar
1/2 tsp brown mustard
a pinch of sugar
Crush 2 large gloves of garlic and sautee with chopped white onion in of butter over medium heat until onions are a little transparent. Add diced tomatoes and stir. Add remaining ingredients, stirring throughout and season to taste as desired.