I felt like doing something different for dinner tonight, so while we were at Costco’s I picked up their basil pesto sause with a meal in mind: Meatloaf.
I’ve never made meatloaf before. Sad, I know.
My Mom used to make this really good meatloaf when I was younger and she used pesto sause and those fried onion crunchies usually used in greenbean casserol; and that was my inspiration.
The prep is easy; put all the ingredients together in a bowl (2 eggs, about 2 – 2.5lbs of meat; seasoned bread crumbs, a few shakes of dried onion flakes, and 1.5 heaping spoonfuls of pesto sauce) and mix with your hands; once well mixed, place in loaf pan then place pan in a 350 degree oven and wait about an hour (or more).
I didn’t let the meatloaf cook completely in the loaf pan. After about an hour, the meatloaf was still raw-ish in the middle so I took it out of the pan and placed it on the broiler pan for the fat to drip and to get a nice crust all around the meatloaf.
On a whem Greg decided to season the green beans, so he looked up a receipe online and we tried it out.
The green beans were cooked in olive oil (and I think a little butter) with onion and garlic salt, the same seasoned bread crumbs used in the meat loaf, and fried onions.
I found a box of stuffing mix so I made that as our starch. I contemplated making a gravy with the fat drippings from the meatloaf but the meatloaf didn’t need any sause or anything; the flavor was great and the meatloaf was moist. And, dinner was delicious!
When I told Greg what I wanted to make for dinner, he gave me a little flak. He informed me that he’s very picky about his meatloaf. And you know what, he LOVED my meatloaf and finished his plate long before I did; he couln’t get enough. And, I got him to try something new: Pesto Sauce on meatloaf.