Monday, January 11, 2010

Test #2: Meatloaf, The Classic

I am going to venture a guess that the last time I had meatloaf was at my sister's house, since it is one of her two specialities (the other being pork chops with applesauce). But the last time I had my mother's meatloaf, God only knows. High school maybe? I never order meatloaf in restaurants because it just seems too heavy, and I always envision it arriving on the plate like a slab of concrete, gray, hard, and ready to sit like a ton of bricks in your stomach. My mother's meatloaf, in flavorful and moist and juicy. So juicy, I had to drain off the juices a few times. Nothing related to a slab of concrete in the least.

I guess the typical topping for meatloaf is the traditional ketchup, but I thought I would add caramelized onions, mainly because I had seen Giada DeLaurentiis caramelize onions for an appetizer on "Everyday Italian" last week. She put 3 medium onions in a pan and let them saute for 1 hour and 45 minutes, or so the recipe said when I looked it up online. Well, I must have missed the part about "incredibly low heat" because my onions were caramelized, or rather charred about 35 minutes in. Still delicious but I did not achieve the sugary, almost jam-like goodness that Giada described on the show. Lesson learned. Low heat. I get it.

So I added about a 1/4 cup of my "caramelized" onions to the meatloaf mixture and then I topped the loaf with the onions about 5 minutes before I took it out of the oven. I have to say they were a great addition, and they made me think you could really modify meatloaf a thousand ways. Who knew? And the best part: my extremely skeptical husband who said he would absolutely not even taste the meatloaf, actually did and admitted that he liked it. My work here is done.


  1. Low heat and covered! You really need the moisture condensing and dripping back into the onions to help stop them burning.

  2. Good to know! Giada neglected to mention the covering part...I'm going to try it again soon and will hopefully have better results. Thanks!


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