Saturday, February 26, 2011

The CLEANEST meatloaf ever

Ha I know It's not on a plate! Mainly because it usually doesn't make it off the baking sheet lol! We pick at it all night long, its hilarious how Jon and I act like 6 year old's with food. SOOOOO how can meatloaf NOT be messy you ask? I can feel your disbelief radiating off my laptop screen right now.
Go into your kitchen and grab that handy dandy gallon sized zip lock bag and dump all the ingredients into it. 
Beef was on sale this week so I went nuts and bought 8 lbs of it and froze most of it.

On a side note just to share the strange happening. On my way home from work tonight (it had been dark for almost 2 hours) something pooped on my windshield. I say something because I am pretty positive that once the sun goes down, birds sleep. I think for the first and probably last time in my life a bat pooped on my car. 
What you will need:
2 lbs beef
2 eggs
4 tbsp Ranch dressing
4 tbsp Ketchup
8 shakes of Worcestershire (thankyou spell check!) sauce
1/4 cup Seasoned bread crumbs
3 cloves of garlic crushed/chopped
1/2 sweet onion minced
Preheat oven to 400 F
Don't add salt!! The ketchup, ranch and Worcestershire sauce cover that very well. You will regret it if you add salt to this, trust me. Jon did it to my meatloaf once and now he isn't allowed in the kitchen when I make it. 
Open your ziplock bag and fold the top over so you don't get any thing near the top. No need for bacteria or cross contamination! slice the plastic off the beef package and slide it in the bag and gently shake the meat off the tray. Great the worst part is out of the way.
Add every thing else and mush it up. Hand it to your kid if you want and let him/her knead it. its totally clean.
Make sure you let all the air escape the bag before you start the mushing process it makes it easier.
Squish the mix for 2-4 minutes until its all incorporated.
Then lay the bag on the counter and using your hand slide all the meat to the bottom of the bag
Once it is in this nice neat roll pick the bag up and holding the top drop it a few times on the counter to get any air out and to get the meat packed tighter.
Over ungreased tinfoil (you will want about 3 layers of tinfoil) place the bag like this on its side and using a sharp knife cut along the seam line you can see it in the picture.
Then gently shake the meatloaf out onto the pan.
Its a perfect loaf!
Turn up the sides of your tinfoil because the reason your foil is ungreased is because the ranch dressing and ketchup provide the oil you need and it leaks out the juices while baking as you can see in the opening picture.
Bake for 40 minutes and then take it out and dig in. Sometimes we like to take thick slices and pan fry them until brown and crispy and make sandwiches. 
Its a very flavorful meatloaf, don't be scared of adding the ranch!  Its hard to not eat it right after its out of the oven I usually burn my mouth :x

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