“Meatloaf, smeatloaf, double beatloaf, I hate meatloaf.” – Randy, A Christmas Story
Yes, I did just quote the greatest film of all time, A Christmas Story. I can watch the 24 hour marathon every year and still laugh out loud every time. I must confess that like Randy, I have without reason, been prejudice against meatloaf. I never even gave it a chance. Normally I am an equal opportunity food eater but meatloaf?! I don’t like the sound of it (or the sound of the singer with its namesake for that matter) and meat taking the shape of bread…little too much for me to handle.
With that said though, I have always been one that doesn’t let my own prejudice (or even fear) get in the way. So, at 24, I decided to face my fear of meatloaf.
With my friend’s help and reassurance, I was armed with a recipe for meatloaf that I was ready to tackle. And why not, it was a chilly Sunday, playoffs were on and I was hungry. Somehow the meatloaf was redeemed by the fact that it had Italian in the name, included mozzarella sticks and was served with pasta. If I was going to try meatloaf, this would be the one.
This was not only really quick and easy (put it together during halftime) but it was delicious. What!? you say. Yes, it was really good! To me it tasted like a big meatball but better because it wasn’t as dry and it had creamy, melted mozzarella cheese in the middle. I don’t know if I’m ready to admit that I like all meatloaf, that might be jumping into the relationship a little too soon, but I will say that I like this Italian meatloaf (or Guido meatload as I now call it) and will definitely be making it again.
-1/2 lb. ground beef
-1/2 lb. italian sausage
-1/2 cup italian seasoned breadcrumbs
-1 cup spaghetti sauce
-1 Tbsp minced garlic
-salt and pepper
-1 large egg
-3 sticks of mozzarella
-Mix ground beef, sausage, breadcrumbs, 1/2 cup of spaghetti sauce, garlic, salt, pepper and egg
-Place half of the mixture in your loaf pan then place two sticks of mozzarella side by side down the middle of the mixture
-Cut the other stick in half and place them side by side making a row of cheesesticks down the middle of the loaf
-Place the remaining mixture on top of the cheese
-Bake at 325 for about 45 minutes then take it out, drain and cover with remaining 1/2 cup of spaghetti sauce and back for another 10-15 minutes.
So in my search to try and make new things…I also want to go back and try old ones that I may have passed up.
What food do you fear?