Ah, the versatility of the lowly meatloaf! So many ways to dress it up. So many different ways to season. It shows up quite often in my galley, providing variety, using different types of meats and oh, those leftovers. The one pictured below gave up the basics with slices of bacon-wrapped deliciousness, followed by meatloaf sandwiches the next day and a bonus day of meatloaf and potato soup.
The next one, up to now, has been Captain’s favourite. Spicy sausage added to the mix with a topping of creamy melty cheese, is a meat-lover-caveman dream come true.
Today’s meatloaf recipe is the simplest I’ve made to date and the resulting moistness puts it in the running for Captain’s favourite. Because we are in the process of selling our little condo and also because we are on the edge of leaving for our summer sailing adventure, I’ve been trying to use up as much of my on hand stock as possible. The one cup of apple sauce in the refrigerator – now gone.
Ingredients all smooshed together fit perfectly into my Omnia stove top oven.
I was surprised at how quickly it cooked, all moist and juicy.
Served up tonight in a traditional meat and potatoes kind of dinner.
So easy to make…and the best part, lots of leftovers. You know how much I LOVE leftovers.
- ½ lb ground beef
- ½ lb ground pork
- ½ cup apple sauce
- ½ cup fine bread crumbs
- ¼ cup chopped onion
- ½ tsp salt
- ½ tsp ground pepper
- 1/24 tsp dried thyme
- 1½ tbsp tomato paste
- Dump all of the above ingredients into a large bowl and with clean hands mix everything together.
- Place mixture into your Omnia cooking pan or if using a conventional oven, a loaf pan.
- For conventional oven, bake in a preheated 350 deg oven for 30-40 minutes, or until juices run clear.
- Remove from oven, cover with foil and let sit for five minutes to allow the juices to reabsorb.
- If using the stove top method, heat Omnia base plate on high for 5 minutes.
- Place covered cooking pan on base plate and continue to cook on high for 5 minutes.
- Reduce heat to medium low and continue for 20 - 30 minutes or until juices run clear.
- Remove from stove top and let sit for another 5 minutes before slicing