The Accidental Meatloaf

It all started because there was a big sale on hamburger last week at the local grocery store. At $0.99 a pound I stocked up – since I’m a starving freelance writer and all… Anywhoo – I get it home and man, did I buy a lot and I started wondering what the heck I was going to do with all of it. A person can only eat so many lettuce wrapped hamburgers after all.

Somewhere in the back of my mind, I thought I’d do some meatloaf. I’d make a lot and give some to Zelda who couldn’t cook her way out of a water boiling contest and maybe even roomie if he wasn’t a shit for a few days. So..it all settled nicely in my mind and I forgot about it.

Then one day the urge for meatloaf rang through my head on a particularly overcast and gloomy day. Love to cook when the weather is sad. So I pulled out a good chunk of hamburger to thaw in the morning. Well, bite me and slap me on the fanny when I was ready to make the darn stuff, I didn’t have the usual accroutements that I throw in there. In fact, I had precious little to make the meatloaf and I was in no mood to go to the store. So, I improvised – worst case scenario the dog would get some yummy treats and I’d have a couple of tablespoons of peanut butter for dinner.

To my utter shock and amazement, it turned out to be the best meatloaf I ever made and I make some awesome meatloaf. So… I share the recipe with you. Try it, you’ll love it.

1 big old hunk of ground beef

1 large egg

3 tablespoons of chopped cilantro

8 ounces of tomato sauce

4 tablespoons of 1/2 & 1/2 or blue cheese dressing if you’re out of cream

1 tablespoon of minced garlic

2 stalks finely minced celery

1/2 small minced brown onion

salt & pepper to taste

Mix all ingredients in a large bowl, using your hands – making sure all ingredients are thoroughly mixed. Form into a loaf and bake in a loaf pan (or whatever you normally use) in a 400 degree oven for 1.25 – 1.5 hours. Let rest for ten minutes before slicing.

I’m telling you folks, this is super yummy and I really regretted giving any of it away. In fact, I’m making another one right now.

Oooh and while we’re on the topic – I have great recipe for beet greens. Yup, that’s right beet greens. While it may be no suprise to some of you – I had no idea you could eat beet greens. I had grown some beets in my garden which I had pulled and made but had all the tops left. I happened to check to see if there was a recipe to make them and found a really super one.

Mess of beet greens, double cleaned, dried and torn into bite size pieces (including stems)

8 slices of bacon – the smokier the better

1/4 onion – chopped fine

1 tsp butter

2 TBS apple cider vinegar

2 TBS sugar (or splenda if you can’t have sugar)

Cook the bacon until it is 2/3 cooked, toss in chopped onion, if not enough bacon fat, add a little bit of butter, cook until onions are soft, slowly add in the greens, turning to wilt them – keep doing this until you’ve gotten all the greens in there and sauteed to a nice wilt with the leaves still a pretty bright green. Remove to a bowl. Add vinegar and sugar to the pan (turn off heat) and stir mixture into remaining juices in pan, once mixed, return the greens to pan and turn and toss until coated with the vinegar/sugar mixture. Serve immediately. Delish! Try it. BTW, the stems should be included as well, when cooked they have a wonderful beety flavor.

Okay, so this concludes our cooking class for today. πŸ˜‰ WC

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11 thoughts on “The Accidental Meatloaf

  1. YUM! This is going in my recipe file for that day when I am no longer dieting. No clue when that will be, but one can dream!

    Glad you like it – though it can probably be adapted for a diet, maybe using ground turkey instead of hamburger? Do try it though, it will make your toes curl it is so good.
    Annie

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  2. Oooh! Double oooh!! those recipes sound yummmy! i love me some greens!
    99 cent a pound?!! I woulda bought the whole damn cow!

    I practically did buy the whole cow. I’m telling you, Red, those greens were so incredibly delicious I was almost moaning. I never even knew you could eat them. I mourn all the beet greens I’ve tossed in the past – what a waste.
    WC

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  3. Well that got my mouth watering. Need some food now! Let’s see, what do I have in fridge……salad? Hmmmm….I’ll have to come up with something better later! πŸ™‚

    Thanks for the recipes Annie. I can’t wait to try them.

    Sorry I made you hungry, hon – but these are some goodies. Try them sometime.
    Annie

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  4. I am an absolute sucker for meatloaf.
    Mine pretty much rocks this house but I will definitely give yours a try.
    Any mashed potatoes?
    Please say yes . . .
    I’d send you my recipe but it changes every time (drives my M-I-L crazy)
    ~m

    I love, love, love meatloaf. Try the recipe, you might like it. Though, I know what you mean – I usually prefer my own recipes for things too. Sorry, but I’m off spuds for the immediate future. Maybe next summer?

    What is M-I-L? 😯
    Annie

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  5. I love meatloaf! Emeril cooked some last night on his show (the one right before AI) – THX for the recipe. But I usually end up throwing thing in and never measuring anything. Always turns out pretty good, I must say! I will try the beetgreens, too. What a resource your blog is. πŸ™‚

    Oh, I miss Emeril and the cooking channel in general. Don’t get it anymore cuz we have cable problems where I live. But yeah, I’m like you – I don’t measure things very exactly either. So the measurements in the recipe are really kind of guesses. I’m telling you, C, those beet greens are heavenly. And I’m not really a ‘greens’ kinda gal – but man are they delish.
    Annie

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  6. That meat loaf does sound delisch, and I’ve never made it that way or even close; so I’m looking forward to trying something new. Thanks!

    I never had, either, Bella. I was more into the the sort of brown gravy kind of meatloaf, but the cilantro and the tomato sauce gave it such a yummy flavor I may never go back.
    Annie

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  7. You can still find hamburger for 99 cents a pound? *JEALOUS*

    I don’t like meatloaf…..dunno why, but I don’t. I think my husband would eat it if I made it though.

    Well, it was a freak thing – I’m sure it will never happen again. πŸ˜‰ Some people don’t like meatloaf – I was raised on it though – like mother’s milk to me. Yeah, see if your hubby will like it.
    A

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  8. Wow – Annie! These look yummy! I think my reader is running late since I’m just getting notice of this post now. Sheesh. Anyway, I make two different kind of meat loaves. One is with a tomato sauce, similar but not exactly like yours, and another is with a brown gravy. I have to admit meat loaf is one of my favorite meat foods. Alas, that is one reason I can only be a vaguetarian. LOL. But your beet greens sound good. I don’t know what to do with the rest of the beets though!

    Hey Teens,
    That’s weird about the reader – yeah, i can’t imagine giving up meatloaf either. Don’t you like beets? I love them. But since I grew some in my garden this year, I tried them in different ways. One way was just boiled and tossed with some butter and salt and pepper – then also baked with some olive oil and spices. Also, top them with some sour creme. To die for. LOL, the other night I made a lot of beets and like the piggy I am, ate them all. The next day I peed pink. I’m not kidding. For a minute I thought I had some rare disease. πŸ˜†
    Annie

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  9. I’m sorry. I can’t eat meat loaf. Not only am I a vegetarian, by my mom ruined it for me by making the world’s worst meatloaf when I was a kid. We were forced to eat it under duress. (well, she said we couldn’t have any dessert if we didn’t finish it). It was totally flavorless, and she used these Durkee gravy packets to make the gravy. I’m still teasing her about it and I’m 43.

    Oh Sandra, I can relate. My grandma used to make rare chicken – turned me off to it pretty much. What childhood memories can do to our appetites, eh?
    WC

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  10. Yummers! You have me drooling like a St. Bernard! I’ve never had a recipe for my meatloaf — just dumped in whatever looked “about right.” This sounds great, especially without the filler. The beet greens have to be good if they include bacon and onions, but I wouldn’t know beet greens from locoweed.

    Hey 30! Give the meatloaf a try. The greens are pretty easy to come by – just buy a bunch of beets in the produce department at the grocery store. The plus of course is that you get two veggies in one. If you don’t care for beets – shred them up and toss a few in salads for color – they have lots of iron and magnesium in them and are good for you. If you haven’t tried them (outside of those yucky canned beets) peel them, put them in a baking dish and sprinkle with olive oil, salt and pepper – bake in the oven for about 40 minutes at 350 degrees – they should be fork tender but not smushy. Top them with a dollop of sour creme. Quite delish, really.
    WC

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  11. I am so hungry right now that my stomach thinks my throat is slit..LOL!

    This does sound so yummy…I love a good Meatloaf..Heck, there is not much I do not like in the food department…except liver…cannot be handling that slicky icky stuff. It smells good when some prepare it with onions and all that..but that is far as it goes for this ole broad!

    can’t wait to try it..girlfriend!

    Oooh, do try it, Ange and then let me know what you think. It really turned out good. πŸ˜‰
    Annie

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