cooler temps…bring meatloaf

It was, yes, get this, actually cool today.  It felt very Septemberish and my tastebuds started chanting, “meatloaf, meatloaf.”

Well, give the little munchers what they want right?

I had two pounds of frozen ground beef that I inherited from my co-worker, a bunch of veggies, a hint of time and a mother with a ridiculously scrumptious recipe.  Meat loaf here I come.

Mamma J’s Meatloaf (aka Hutchinson’s best kept secret)

 

Loaf:

2lb ground beef

1 of each finely chopped: onion, carrot, fennel, garlic

a few sprigs of basil and parsley

1 tbsp stone ground mustard

zest of 1/2 a lemon

1 egg

1/2 tsp dried oregano

1 tsp smoked paprika

1 tsp crunchy flaked sea salt

freshly ground pepper

 

Piquant Sauce:

1/4 cup ketchup

2 tbsp brown sugar

1 tbsp dijon mustard

1 tsp balsamic vinegar

salt

pepper

pinch of nutmeg

 

Assembly:

Preheat oven to 350F.  Combine all the meatloaf ingredients except for the beef in a large bowl.  Mix thoroughly and then add the beef and mix lightly till just incorporated.  When mixed, take a cast iron skillet and mold the meat onto the skillet into a loaf.

Next mix all the ingredients for the piquant sauce in a small bowl and then smother the sauce over the top of the loaf.

Put in the oven and cook for approximately 1 hour 15 minutes.

Take out and feel the essence of fall!

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