I came up with the recipe just walking around the grocery store trying to think what would be good in meatloaf…. I call it “whole meal” because adding spinach and oatmeal make this a pretty balanced meal all in itself (I like one dish meals). Presenting: The Stupid-Proof Meatloaf:
2 lbs ground beef • One can of chopped tomatoes, drain most of the can • 8 oz fresh mushrooms, chopped • 10 oz package of frozen spinach (thawed…) • 3 raw eggs • 1 packet soup mix • 2 cups “old fashioned” oatmeal • And of course, the very best part of all……. one entire package of delicious bacony flavored bacon!
The proportions are what you can find pre-packaged, and even the oatmeal you can just toss in a couple handfuls instead of measuring exactly. Mix it all together in no particular order, stuff it into a bread pan, weave bacon strips across the top and bake it for about an hour and a half at 375. If there is any leftover mix that didn’t fit into the bread pan, just fry it up like a burger patty. Variations: use different kinds of ground meat – turkey, veal, pork… add cheese…
Trust me, you won’t need ketchup, it’s awesome all by itself—and DAMN it’s great as leftovers and sandwiches with some melted cheddar. After I make it I cut it up, chuck it into the freezer, and take pieces to work for lunch. Hey, I’d share some with you guys, but the Zman just devoured the whole pan full! Freakin’ gavone!