meatloaf

Ml
I remember every little thing
As if it happened only yesterday
Parking by the lake
And there was not another car in sight
And I never had a girl
Looking any better than you did
And all the kids at school
They were wishing they were me that night

And now our bodies are oh so close and tight
It never felt so good, it never felt so right
And we're glowing like the metal on the edge of a knife
C'mon! Hold on tight!
C'mon! Hold on tight!

Though it's cold and lonely in the deep dark night
I can see paradise by the dashboard light

Oh wait. Not that Meat Loaf. This meatloaf.

Meatloaf I'm not generally a meatloaf fan. There's something about ground beef pressed into a bread shape that doesn't sit well with me. But Chris likes it so what's a girl to do besides find a recipe that we both will eat. So I searched and searched and tried recipes over and over and eventually I found one that is okay and I messed with until I like it. So here it is. If I do say so myself, it's fabulous.

This makes enough food for a small herd of people so you'll have tons of leftovers.

1 pound ground beef
1 pound ground pork
3 medium carrots, grated
1 medium to large zucchini, grated
1 medium to large onion, chopped small
5 cloves garlic chopped small (optional)
1 tbsp vegetable oil
2 eggs, beaten
salt and pepper
hot sauce (Tabasco)
soy sauce
3 slices of bread
1/2 cup seasoned bread crumbs
ketchup

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Line a large edged cookie sheet with heavy duty aluminum foil.

In a saucepan heat oil over medium-high heat. Add onions, carrots, zucchini and garlic. Cook 5 to 10 minutes until softened. Cool.

In a large bowl (huge really) add beef, pork, eggs, cooked and cooled vegetables, salt, pepper, a dash of hot sauce to taste, and 1 tbsp soy sauce. Mix gently using hands.

Soak slices of bread in cold water, wring out carefully. As you add the bread to the meat mixture tear it up into small pieces. Add bread crumbs. Mix with hands gently.

Form mixture into a loaf shape on cookie sheet. Spread with ketchup.

Bake for 50 to 55 minutes. Serve hot.

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