On rainy, kind of crappy days I find that I am drawn to making food that warms you up from the inside out. The kind of food that is simple and strait forward but delicious and satisfying all at once. Nourishing to both the body and the soul is what we are aiming for. There are few things that hit that sweet spot for me and one of them is meatloaf. It is something that I ate as a kid that I was just mad for. It also helped my cause that it was always made by either my Grand or my Mom, two pretty bad ass cooks. So this is a bit of a riff on their meatloaf. It makes me happy just talking about it. It also will fill your kitchen with one of the best smells ever, so that is a plus. My family would serve it with mashed potatoes and green beans. That being said, in my opinion, it is best served as a sandwich. I know you are all shocked to hear me say this. Be warned however, meatloaf sandwiches can lead to the best kind of food coma. My kid sister Tiff can testify to this fact. So here is some comfort food for you all to try. You will not be disappointed.
Meatloaf to the tune of Something to Talk About by Badly Drawn Boy
1lb lean ground beef
½ lb lean ground pork
1 onion finely diced
¼ cup bread crumbs
1 cup grated cheese
6 strips of double smoked bacon
A good splash of Worcestershire sauce
A good splash of hot sauce
Salt and pepper
A good drizzle of catsup (optional)
-Pre-heat your oven to 375 degrees. Line a loaf pan with the strips of bacon.
-Mix the beef, pork, onion, egg, crumbs, ½ the cheese, sauces and salt and pepper all together in a big mixing bowl. And divide it in half.
-Press half of the mixture into the loaf pan. Spread the remaining cheese over that. Press in the other half of the meat sealing in the cheese. Drizzle with the catsup if you like. Bake for 45-55 minutes.
-Let rest for at least 10 minutes then slice and serve. Magic, Baby.