dinner party

One of my favorite things to do is cook food and have friends over for dinner. I was really craving meatloaf this past week, so…

ultimate meatloaf

adapted from America’s Test Kitchen and The Pioneer Woman

olive oil
1-2 leeks, trimmed and chopped
some garlic, minced
some onion, diced
1/2 cup milk
3 slices of bread
1 lb. (or a little more) ground turkey
1/2 cup shredded parmesan
1/8 t seasoning salt
1 t dijon mustard
1 t Worchestershire
1/4 t thyme
2 eggs, beaten
3/4 cup ketchup
3 T brown sugar
hot sauce to taste

  • Preheat oven to 350.
  • Heat some olive oil in a pan; add leeks, garlic, and onions. Season with salt and pepper and cook until softened. Set aside.
  • Put bread in a medium-sized bowl and pour milk over it, allowing milk to soak in for a few minutes.
  • In a large bowl, combine turkey meat, milk and bread, leek/garlic/onion mixture, parmesan, mustard, worchestershire, thyme, seasoning salt, and pepper. Mix until integrated, probably using your (clean) hands. Add eggs and mix some more.
  • Prepare a cookie sheet for baking the meatloaf: line it with foil and place a cooling rack on top. Shape the turkey mixture into a loaf shape and put it on the rack.
  • In a small bowl, combine the ketchup, brown sugar, and hot sauce to make a sauce. Spread 1/2 of the sauce over the meatloaf.
  • Bake at 350 for 45 minutes; pour remaining sauce over meatloaf and cook another 15 minutes. Remove from oven, slice, and serve!!

If you were fancy and/or bacon-loving, you could criss-cross or wrap some slices of bacon around the meatloaf.

We served the meatloaf with basic mashed potatoes and a simple salad (best dressing: 1 T whole-grain mustard, 3 T balsamic, 3 T red wine vinegar, 9 T olive oil, minced garlic, salt and pepper), and brownies for dessert.


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