We went in on a 1/4 of a cow (we’ll call her Bessie) with some relatives. A good portion of my freezer is now occupied by beef. Meatloaf made of high quality grass fed beef from a cow you’ve named is NOT to be missed! Delicious, delicious, delicious. In fact, this meatloaf turned out so delicious that I forgot to photograph it when it was in loaf form, and only remembered a few days later when it had become delicious leftovers.
1. Prepare the Pan
1 tsp olive oil (yes, just a tiny bit to coat the onions, since you’re going to top the meatloaf with bacon)
1 onion, sliced
2 cloves garlic, chopped
sprinkle of salt
- Heat oven to 400.
- Pour olive oil into pan, heat over medium high heat, and add onions and salt.
- When onions are wilty, add garlic.
- Continue to cook, stirring occasionally, as you mix and form the meatloaf.
2. Prepare Meatloaf
2 lb ground beef
1 cup high quality stale bread, cubed
1/4 cup asiago, cubed
1/4 cup fontina, cubed
1/4 cup grated parmesan/romano blend
1/8 cup chopped parsley
1 tsp freshly ground black pepper
1 tsp salt
red pepper flakes to taste
- Place all ingredients in a large bowl, and mix with hands.
- Be very careful not to over mix, as this will make the meatloaf tough and bouncy. Only mix long enough to evenly distribute all of the ingredients, and only mix with your hands. Never use a mixer, or you will end up with a football on you hands, and not a meatloaf.
- Form into a meatloaf shape.
3. Bake Meatloaf
Heavy bottomed pan with sauteed onions and garlic
1/3 – 1/2 lb bacon (that Applewood smoked uncured stuff from TJ’s is REALLY good!)
2 packages frozen peas
- Add peas to pot with onions, and mix.
- Clear a space in the center of the pot for the meatloaf.
- Arrange bacon strips on top of the meatloaf.
- Cover, and bake for about 20 minutes.
- Remove lid, and bake until meat thermometer reaches desired rareness temperature (about 30 more minutes, depending on the shape of the loaf).
- If the onions start to stick to the pot, add a little water or broth. This will also make a really nice sauce.