My mother is an expert craftswoman. She sews, knits, crochets, macramés, paints and crafts like no other. She is able to copy a knitting pattern by eye! I am good at most things crafts and creative but I don’t come anywhere near her talents …except for in the kitchen. My mother was perfect at all those things but cooking was not her forte. That said, she made some memorable delectable dishes that I will honor on this blog as I go along; her meatloaf was not one of them.
My mother’s meatloaf was just God awful! Sorry mama. It turned me off meatloaf for years and years until my husband kept saying how he missed his father’s meatloaf. Apparently his father made the best meatloaf ever. Unfortunately by the time I considered attempting to make a meatloaf, my father-in-law had passed and his recipe was lost.
A few weeks ago I posted my recipe for Mediterranean meatballs which involves tzatziki sauce. As I mentioned in the recipe, tzatziki is a staple in my meatballs and my burgers, to make them moist and flavorful; I forgot to mention I use it in my meatloaf as well.
The first time I made meatloaf for my hubby he cried. He said it was just as good as his dad’s. I have been making meatloaf for my hubby ever since.
Unlike my meatballs and burgers, I do not add olives to my meatloaf. However, last night I added cooked rice for the very first time and it’s delicious! The rice makes it denser but the meatloaf is still moist because of the tatziki and the ketchup sauce makes it all simply divine. If meatloaf is not in your repertoire, it should be!
INGREDIENTS for a mega meatloaf (you can half the ingredients)
1lb of ground beef
1lbs of ground porc
Goya’s ADOBO for seasoning (approximately 1 tsp)
2/3 cup of tatziki sauce
½ an onion, finely chopped
½ a red bell pepper, finely chopped
¾ cup of Italian bread crumbs
1 cup of cooked white rice
Massage all the ingredients together until well mixed and pat down in to an oven ready dish
Using a straw, poke holes in the meatloaf and pour the following mixture over the meatloaf
1 cup of ketchup
4 tbsps of light brown sugar
4 tbsps of yellow mustard
Pop into a 375 degree oven for 1hour and 15 minutes and voilà!