No, not the singer but the food. Meatloaf is another staple American dish dating back to the 1800’s.
Someone out there discovered that if you ground meat then you could use more of it, including the fattier and cheaper cuts. There was early suspicion around buying ground meat from retailers and so companies promoted the home grinder. Along with these grinders came recipe books on what to do with the ground meat. All sorts of inventive recipes grew out of this but the basic meatloaf has always been the most popular. (Image from Flickr)
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
2 ribs celery, chopped
1/2 cup chopped onion
600g lean ground beef or 400g lean ground beef and 200g pound ground pork
3/4 cup oats, quick or old-fashioned
1/4 cup chili sauce or ketchup
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1 1/2 teaspoon salt
1 large egg, beaten
Heat oil in a large pan over medium heat. Add the chopped celery and onion and cook stirring occasionally until tender, for about 7 to 9 minutes.
In a large bowl, mix all the other ingredients (that’s right – everything). Put the mixture into a large baking pan and shape the meat mixture into a 22 x 15-cm loaf. Bake at 190° C for 1 hour.
Using 2 spatulas, carefully move meat loaf to a serving plate and slice. Use as leftovers for the rest of the week on sandwiches and as cold meat with salad.
Serves 6 to 8.