Well, second-best, if you count the rock guy. Mr. Loaf RULES, but this is the best edible meatloaf–no Rocky Horror jokes, please. We’ll just think about them.

*silence, while we all replay The Rocky Horror Picture Show in our sad little heads*

Okay, now that that’s over, here is a meatloaf recipe that my mother made the other day. It was SO GOOD that even Charlie, who can’t and won’t eat ground beef, had two helpings and then had the inevitable reaction. Mom gave me the recipe, and I’m definitely going to try it with my Mock Meatloaf recipe. (I’ll post that one tomorrow for Meatless Monday.)

MEATLOAF–gt’s best-ever

For the meatloaf:

  • 1 lb ground beef or meatloaf mixture
  • 1 cup quick-cooking or regular rolled oats
  • 1 15-oz jar spaghetti sauce
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 Tbs Worcestershire sauce
  • salt and freshly ground pepper to taste

For the filling:

  • 1/2 cup sauteed sliced mushrooms
  • 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1/4 cup sliced, pitted black olives

For the topping:

  • 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1/4 cup sliced, pitted black olives

Combine the beef, oats, 1/2 cup of the spaghetti sauce, onion, parmesan, egg, Worcestershire sauce, salt, and pepper in a bowl and mix thoroughly.

Place the remaining spaghetti sauce in a small pot and set aside.

Divide the meat mixture in two equal portions and pat them into 7-inch round patties. Layer the filling ingredients on top of one patty, leaving a 1/2-inch border uncovered. Top with the remaining patty, press the edges together, and pat into a round loaf. Place in a greased baking pan and bake uncovered in a preheated 350F oven for 50 minutes.

Heat the remaining spaghetti sauce to a simmer just before removing the meatloaf from the oven. Top the meatloaf with the spaghetti sauce, mozzarella, and olives.

–Probably from World Wide Recipes

By the way, I’ve retired from writing the Culinary Chronicles for World Wide Recipes. This coming week’s columns will be my last. Karlis Streips, in Latvia, will be taking over. I’ve had a blast, but I want to focus on other projects. Like dribbling nonsense into the interwebs through the medium of this blog and stuff.

MA

writing prompt: Have a character eat something he/she KNOWS is bad for him/her. Why? With what consequences?

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