Pink slime! Everyone has heard about this right? Yuck, I am already a picky meat eater but when I heard about pink slime I really thought I am done with hamburger. I am not the biggest fan of the stuff anyway. Every time I have been preggers that is the one thing I can not eat, cook, or stand to smell. So after I heard about the nasty stuff in our hamburger I was determined to not feed it to my babies. Well I found the wonder of a "Fresh Market" Yay have you been there? It is a wonderful place, like the best store ever! I live in a very small town and we do not have this wonderful luxury near, I have to travel over an hour for the nearest one.
Anyway this post is not about how great the store is or how I wish we had one closer or how I am only buying safe beef and chicken for my family (I don't need the pork cause I talked my father n law into raising some pigs) but about a recipe for meatloaf. I made some of the best meatloaf EVER last night! And remember I am not the biggest fan of hamburger but it was great! I started with some fresh ground, antibiotic free, hormone free, humanely raised beef (sorry this pink slime got to me). After the hamburger I decided to throw a little bit of everything in. And when I say everything, I mean everything. Which is what lead me to the name of my dish. :)
Here is what I put in my meatloaf: 1-2 lbs hamburger (mine was ground sirloin), salt, pepper, 1/2 of a bell pepper (minced), 1/2 of a small onion (minced), garlic, paprika, cumin, ground cayenne red pepper, bread crumbs, 1 egg, dijon mustard, Worcestershire sauce, Tabasco sauce, grated Parmesan cheese, and shredded cheddar cheese
I did not measure anything. Sorry. I am just not that kind of cook. Not to say I never measure, but when I am just playing with something new well I don't really worry with measuring. I add till it looks/tastes right. (I did not tasted this DO NOT taste raw hamburger) I am sure no one will but better safe than sorry. So I added all of those ingredients until I was satisfied with it. I did not go over board with any of the spices but I did add quite a bit of mustard, probably around 1 1/2 TBS. Then I mixed it well and shaped it in the form of a loaf. I placed my meatloaf on a foil lined baking sheet (cause who needs dishes) and put it in a preheated 350 degree oven for an hour. Most of the cheese oozed out but it was on the foil so who cares. :) Anyway it was super great so I thought I would share.
|my plate (sorry I had been eating before I snapped a pic)|
|sorry I do not have great photo skills, but it was still yummy (you can see the cheese)|