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Mega Meat Loaf

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July 6, 2016: I'd been completely worn out over the past couple of days, but woke up this morning feeling much better – and with an urge to bake. In the fridge there was a pack of three pounds of ground beef I'd wanted to use during the holiday, but never had a chance to use (personal reasons). This had to be used soon, or else it would begin to spoil. How to satisfy a baking urge with three pounds of ground beef? Two words: meat loaf.


Your basic meat loaf is so simple, anyone can do it. What makes a meat loaf truly special are the additions to kick it up a notch. The basic recipe simply calls for:

Many recipes for meat loaf advise not to bake it in a loaf pan, but rather on a baking sheet. This allows the extra grease and fat to exit the meat, instead of staying and making it greasy. That's also a good reason to coat the loaf with sauce, to help hold in the juices and keep it from drying out as it bakes. So, for a baking sheet, I unleashed "Stumpy," my Birmingham Stove and Range #14 cast iron skillet. I considered coating the bottom of the pan with shortening, but decided to use corn meal in order to absorb the grease from the loaf.

The loaf was shaped into a ring, in order to allow the entire loaf to bake faster (which is why we have tube pans and bundt pans). Also, I wanted to tell some bad Lord of the Rings jokes when I took this meat loaf to work.
Usually, a meat loaf is coated with ketchup; and there's nothing wrong with that. In this case, I felt like mixing a special mixture of sauce. In fact, this comes from my someday-it-will-be-famous recipe for Boston Baked Beans. This sauce is good enough to use as a barbeque sauce:

Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit. In this case, a probe thermometer was used to bake the meat loaf to 160 degrees. This took a little over one hour.


Pork Sausage Meat Loaf

This meat loaf can be made with ground pork, rather than ground beef. The following recipe will turn this into an Italian sausage meat loaf:

This produces three pounds of Italian sausage, which can then be mixed into the meat loaf using the recipe listed above.