Every time I make meatloaf I think “Meatloaf, smeatloaf, double beatloaf. I hate meatloaf”. If you have never seen the movie The Christmas Story, then you may not be familiar with that line. As you can probably guess, the little boy Randy in the movie does not like meatloaf. But I do! Talk about a classic comfort food, yum!
Since my family doesn’t eat beef, I make it with ground turkey and ground pork. I used to make it with just turkey for years, but started adding pork and like this version better.
It’s funny when you have to write out your recipe because you actually have to measure the ingredients. I am so used to just adding some of this, and a little of that, that I never knew how much I was adding. Last night’s meatloaf came out perfect, so now I know exactly how much to use!
1 lb. ground turkey
1 lb. ground pork
1 1/2 cups Italian seasoned bread crumbs
1 tsp. salt
3/4 tsp pepper
1/4 cup ketchup
1 tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
2 tbsp. grated parmesan cheese
Combine all ingredients except meats in a large mixing bowl.
Add meats and combine thoroughly. Make sure you really take the time to incorporate the bread crumb mixture with the meat.
Add half of mixture to a greased loaf pan. Add a layer of cheese, then add remaining meat mixture. You don’t have to use cheese, but I enjoy it this way. You can use whatever cheese you prefer or happen to have in the house. I have used cheddar, slices of American cheese, and tonight I decided to use shredded mozzarella.
Top with ketchup, maybe about 1 tbsp? I went a little crazy with it this time and don’t usually use this much. I like the crust that it adds on the top when cooked.
Bake at 375 degrees for 1 1/4 hours. Let the meatloaf rest for 5-10 minutes before cutting.
My favorite side dish with meatloaf is mashed potatoes, but since my son doesn’t like potatoes, I decided to be nice and make couscous last night. Next time I’m not going to be so nice 😉