April 03, 2008

mama's meatloaf

ok, not really "mama's" meatloaf, but you get the idea. my "mama" never made meatloaf for us growing up. that was such an american thing.. we made meatballs instead. the ingredients are clearly much the same, but still - we are not american... so to mound the meat mixture was um, not our thing.
however, being in the US for a decade now (omg), and having recently married an american - ok, he's filipino-american, but still - i decided to make a dinner that his mother made as he grew up on and loves - meatloaf and mashed potatoes (dunno what she serves her meatloaf with, but i wanted mash).
i had no clue how to make the "ketchup" topping that is poured ontop of the mound of meat as it cooks, so i had to look that up. i found an interesting "brown sugar" topping, and made a variation of that.

i'll give you the full result later after the recipe, but for now, this meatloaf was so damn good, i'm claiming it with my name!
candyce's meatloaf

for the meat:
1lb ground beef
1/2 onion, chopped
4 cloves of garlic, minced
some freshly grated ginger
1/2 cup of cheddar cheese
3/4 cup of crackers, crushed
1 egg
kosher salt & pepper, to taste
1 tbsp paprika
1/2 tbsp jerk seasoning
1 tsp masala
1 tsp worcestershire
some vegetable oil

for the topping:
4 tbsp ketchup
1 tbsp spicy mustard
1 tbsp worcestershire sauce
1-2 tbsp brown sugar, depending on how sweet you'd like it to be

result: divine. the meat was definitely not dry, very moist. the topping was exactly what was needed to bring out the flavors in the meat. delicious. on my first try, i think i mastered the american meatloaf.


White On Rice Couple said...

I've been on your blog for about 30 minutes now and you guys have some awesome Friday night meals! We'll have to make ourselves available on Friday nights to come over to your place! :) The meat loaf looks so moist and good!
I(Diane)have myself an American too !