Feeling Meat Loafy
It’s fall. Shoulder season. Trying to figure out the exercise routine with the impending cold weather. Leaves need raking. Garage needs cleaning. Mostly, the couch needs more sitting. Instead of a couch potato, I feel meat loafy. Thus, off to the store to buy the ingredients below. DISCLAIMER: I’m not great at measurements. I usually just add my ingredients by smell and instinct. I will try my best to include an approximation.
-1 pound of lean (93%) ground beef (I prefer grass-fed, but any will do)
-1 pound of ground pork
-Bread crumbs (panko style is just fine) 1/2 cup -ish
-Marsala cooking wine 1//4 cup
-Soy Sauce (low sodium) 1/4 cup
-1 leak, chopped
-Thyme – who knows, heavy sprinkle or two. Enough to add flavor
-Ground black pepper
Yup, mix it all up in a bowl. Go ahead, get in there with your hands like it’s clay time in kindergarten. Once integrated, you should be able to predominantly smell the soy sauce and marsala. If not, add a little more – it’s like clay slurry. I used to have an art teacher in junior high that said, “Okay class, let’s slap some slurry on there.” I usually roll this out to one-inch think and bake it in a 9X13 pan at 350 – about 40 minutes, but check it at 30 min, because I don’t know your oven. I bake it all the way through, no pink in the middle. I sometimes make a little gravy with the juices – damn that’s good. Hopefully the pictures below will help you through it.
In the end, my meat loaf made me feel less meat loafy. I guess that was the goal.