This is the ultimate meatloaf recipe for that ultra picky eater in any family. This is a once every few months splurge in my household, everybody needs a break from salads eventually.
Step 1: Supplies
1 sleeve of saltines
A1 steak sauce - you can also use Worcestershire sauce, just use half the amount since it's a bit strong.
Smaller mixing bowl
Baking pan 8x8 - you can go smaller or larger, just adjust your baking time to make sure it's cooked thru
A working oven(or toaster oven, if you're desperate)
Step 2: Cracka What! and I Said Cracka Please!
*props to funny man Mike Birbiglia for my header. Go check him out.
Step 3: Dash of Chemical X
There aren't really any exact measurements in this part, so this is my rough estimates. But if you get a little more or less it won't matter.
1 teaspoon of salt
1 teaspoon of pepper
1/2 teaspoon of onion powder
1/2 cup of brown sugar
1 and 1/2 tablespoons of parmesan cheese
Mix this together loosely.
Step 4: Fun to Pet, Better to Chew
*Header provided by my favorite comedian Jim Gaffigan, definitely go check him out.
Step 5: How Do You Know the Guarantee Fairy Isn't a Crazy Glue Sniffer?
Crack and add 2 whole eggs to the mix. I usually mix my meatloaf by hand, I just find it to be easier. So however you wanna do it, just mix it all up till it looks like mine. Looks incredibly appetizing doesn't it?
*if you don't know who said this header, it's time you have a movie night. Chris Farley is hysterical in Tommy Boy.
Step 6: The Enrichment Center Regrets to Inform You That This Next Test Is Impossible. Make No Attempt to Solve It.
Spray your baking pan liberally with non stick cooking spray. Do not forget this, trust me, it is not good. You'll be eating it out of the baking dish with a paint scraper.
I like to completely saturate my meatloaf with the sauce I put on top. So to prep for that, I use one finger and poke a whole bunch of holes in the top of the meatloaf. Then set this aside and head to the next testing chamber.
*It's near valentine's, so grab your companion cube and brush up on your Portal testing skills.
Step 7: Børk! Børk! Børk!
Or just grab a bowl, spoon and some ingredients, you can still sing along though!
1 and 1/2 cups of ketchup
1/2 cup of brown sugar
1 tablespoon of A1
2 tablespoons of parmesan cheese
Mix all these together and spread around the top of the meatloaf. If you want you can then take ketchup and drizzle it across the top like some tomatoey version of chocolate sauce. It doesn't really add anything to the flavor, but it looks cool.
Step 8: Keep Calm and Bake On!
I usually decide it's done when you get little grease geysers on top and the sides start to pull away from the pan. It's much easier to tell in a glass baking pan than in a metal one, so just keep a close eye on it.
I have never had anyone tell me they don't like this meatloaf. It's also great as meatballs, just roll the raw burger mix into balls and bake at 350 on a deep cookie sheet for around 15 mins depending on how big you roll the balls. Drain the grease off and pour the sauce over, pop the pan back in the oven for an addition 5-7 mins to get the sauce warm.