We’ve been told a few of our dishes seemed complicated. While I can’t say that anything that we’ve shared thus far is actually complicated we wanted to give you something with little to no fuss. Meatloaf is the name of tonights dish. Yes, we’ve all had it, we’ve all made one. But, have you made one in a tiny space? Well we have now! I will add that as we have been boat shopping with more intention recently we have noticed that the space we’ve allowed for ourselves in our home for Tiny Kitchen Cooking is MUCH smaller than the space we’ll end up with on our boat. SCORE!
Meatloaf – What You’ll Need
You’ll want 2lb ground beef, an 80/20 blend we find is quite tasty for this dish. You can usually find pretty good deals on ground beef so this makes it an ideal dish for thrifty cooks too. With the meat you’ll need a sleeve of crackers. We only had saltines in the house so that’s what we used. However, I typical like a cheddar cracker of sorts in my meatloaf for a little extra flavor. It’s dealers choice though, any cracker will work. For spices you’ll need a pinch of garlic salt (for taste), a pinch of pepper (for taste). Then your condiments, 2 Tbsp ketchup (you may find you want more or less) and 1tbsp Mustard. Lastly you’ll need 2 large eggs and that’s it, easy peasy.
Meatloaf – Prep
In a bowl you’ll add your 2 pounds of ground beef, your pinch of garlic salt & pepper, your ketchup & mustard, and your 2 eggs. Mix the wet ingredients together in the bowl until well blended. Next you’ll crush up your crackers. For this I typically enjoy taking my rolling pin to the package. It’s functional emotionally and physically lol. If you don’t have a rolling pin just mash them with your hands. Once the crackers have been well crushed add them to your meat mixture and blend. You’ll want to add your crackers in slowly. You may find your dish doesn’t need the full sleeve; ours always does.
Prepping For The Oven
Next, you’ll preheat your oven to 375. Then, spray your baking dish with cooking spray. We use Chosen Foods Avocado oil cooking spray. We use avocado oil for pretty much everything because it’s a safer option of oils as well as it has a high smoke point; you use what you prefer. We also love pyrex dishes for everything, and YES they will be coming with us on the boat.
Once your pan is well greased you’ll add your meat to the cooking dish and shape your meat. Typically we shape it like a log, a fire starter log my husband says. I’m not actually sure why we shape it this way, it’s just how I remember my mother and grandmother doing it. Therefore, I now shape my meatloaves like logs. Once you have shaped your meat go ahead and pop it in the over for half an hour. Depending on how thick our meatloaf is it can take anywhere from thirty minute to an hour to fully cook.
Dinner Is Served
That’s it, Meatloaf is served! You can pair this with any sides of your choosing. We typically stick to a side salad or some fresh green beans and carrots in our steamer basket. Just like with my mothers day meal, Steak Dinner, It took much longer to snap all these pictures and write this blog than it did to eat it all up. So if you’re looking for a quick, yet delicious, meal with minimal prep time, this is a great and filling option!
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2lb Ground Beef
1 sleeve saltines (or any cracker)
Pinch of garlic salt (for taste)
Pinch of pepper (for taste)
2 Tbsp ketchup (you may find you want more or less)
1. In a bowl you’ll add your 2 pounds of ground beef, your pinch of garlic salt & pepper, your ketchup & mustard, and your 2 eggs.
2. Mix the wet ingredients together in the bowl until well blended.
3. Crush up your crackers until they are tiny pieces.
4. Add the crackers to your meat mixture and blend. **You’ll want to add your crackers in slowly. You may find your dish doesn’t need the full sleeve; ours always does. **
5. Preheat your oven to 375.
6. Spray your baking dish with cooking spray.
7. Once your pan is well greased you’ll add your meat to the cooking dish and shape your meat.
8. Once you have shaped pop it in the over for half an hour. **Depending on how thick our meatloaf is it can take anywhere from thirty minute to an hour to fully cook.**
9. Dinner Is served
No we don’t offer the nutritional facts for this recipe, it’s delicious and we eat everything in moderation here, so we’re sorry we don’t have that information for you. Some of our recipes will have them and some wont.
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