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Finding the Perfect Meatloaf Recipe 
Sep. 11, 2013 7:24 pm 
I've been in search of a good meatloaf recipe for quite sometime. I've tasted great meat loaf recipes at many restaurants, but making a tasty loaf always eluded me. I knew that a good recipe had beef, pork and veal and so I purchased these ground meats and searched for a recipe. Ina Garten had a recipe that used all three kinds of meat and so I chose to use the recipe as a basic guide. I am glad I read the reviews first and adjusted the recipe according to what was said in these reviews. For example, there was basically 3 pounds of meat and the recipe called for two tablespoons of salt which I and other recipe reviewers thought was a bit excessive. I may have only added two teaspoons to the recipe. The recipe is called 1770 House Meatloaf.

I also made adjustments to the sauce. Instead of cooking 10 cloves of garlic in 3/4 cup oil, I roasted a whole garlic bulb in the oven which was cut in half and topped with brushed olive oil, placed in foil and baked at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. Baking the garlic this way makes a very soft garlic paste, but uses much less oil. I also thickened the sauce with a cornstarch slurry as it did not thicken up adequately for me. Next time, I would use less butter as well. 

There is a video that accompanies this recipe on the link above. Be sure to watch it as some of the measurements differ from the written recipe.

Basically I thought this was a good recipe and would make it again. I liked the different flavor of the garlic sauce and I would double the sauce recipe as we all liked it so well. 

Because this made such a huge loaf, I took a third of the raw loaf mixture and added some Italian seasoning and parmesan cheese to make about 15 Italian meatballs. I then set the meatballs on a cookie sheet and baked them in the oven for about 20 minutes. For the sauce I used Costco's Kirkland brand Marinara sauce and served this over whole wheat linguine and finely slice zucchini.  I am a diabetic and need to watch my starches and by cutting the zucchini into thin slivers and cooking it at the last few minutes with the linguine, I used fewer linguine noodles in the process. If I had spaghetti squash, I would have used it instead of the linguine as well.

We have been living on the leftovers such as meatloaf sandwiches and egg/meatball breakfasts. I'm feeling good about serving this leftover so many different ways.  
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Liana Hanson

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About Me
I grew up in Hawaii and lived for a time in Japan. After my marriage my husband was stationed in Germany where we travelled a lot and were exposed to different cuisines. My mother also tried new dishes that she read about in magazines. Dishes like lasagne and beef stroganoff were introduced to our family and we all learned to try new cuisines.
My favorite things to cook
My favorite things to cook are Chinese and Japanese dishes although I seldom make them as they are time consuming. I have become more intrested in healthier foods as I grow older. One of my favorites are roasted vegetables, unusual salad combinations and grilling meats. The internet and food tv shows enable me to broaden my horizons in the kitchen. My husband says that we never have the same dish twice. I'm always trying something new.
My favorite family cooking traditions
I like to make fried rice out of leftover rice and a few dishes such as beef broccoli or steamed fish. I also like island favorites like somen salad, Chinese gau, won tons, spam musube.
My cooking triumphs
I made a dinner from Alan Wong's cookbook:Deep-Fried Won Ton Brie with Fresh Pineapple Marmalade, Lemon Shrimp Salad (Hugh Carpenter), Pork Tenderloin Medallions with Gingered Sweet Potatoes and Pineapple Macadamia Nut Relish, Mango Ice Cream Sandwish with Macadamia Nut Cookies and Tropical Fruit Compote (Roy Yamaguchi).
My cooking tragedies
Two weeks ago Chocolate Cheesecake from Diabetes Forecast Magazine. Awful! I'd rather have the real deal and have only a teaspoon or two.
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