I hope this finds you having a fantastic day! I am getting ready for my oldest granddaughter to arrive from NJ to spend the summer with my son and his family and of course Nonna and Pop Pop! ACK! We haven't seen her in almost 2 years and it just kills me! Anyway, that is what I am up to, anticipation, excitement and my smooches and hugs bank is just growing by the minute!
So, this recipe was actually given to my husband by a co-worker who I refer to as his "work wife". If I need him to remember ANYTHING I just tell her or he forgets during the course of the day. This may not be a new recipe to you but it is to me and I wanted to try it. I wanted to make a few changes as well. I BELIEVE she said, a pound of hamburger and 1 box of stuffing mix. It has been awhile ago, but, I think that was it. I changed it up just a bit and I think it turned out amazing. I love boxed stuffing mix, sue me. I think it is the best thing since sliced bread and if I never have to eat homemade "dressing" again, I am good with that. SO good with that.
This is not a generic meatloaf I would put a nice topping on, this, to me, is a brown gravy meatloaf. You need mashed potatoes and brown gravy because, you just do. Add some nice steamed green beans, and a fresh warm roll, and oh YESSSS! Oh and did I mention the kind of crunchy top? Oh yea, well it does. And it is amazing!
I used super lean ground beef, and pork. Even if I had fattier ground beef I always add pork to my meatloaf. My mom always did, need I say more?
You will need:
2 boxes of PORK flavored stuffing mix (6 ozs. I think)
2 lbs. lean ground beef
1lb. ground pork (not sausage)
1/2 tsp black pepper
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Add all ingredients into a large bowl.
Get your hands in there kids, just go for it! You can also put this in a kitchen aid with the paddle attachment, which is what I do for my regular meatloaf because it gives it a FABULOUS consistency. I just wanted to test this one with just doing it by hand. I supposed you could crush up the bread and seasoning mixture but I put mine in whole. Mix to combine. Place into a 9x13 backing dish or your regular meatloaf pan of choice. My mom always used loaf pans. I use a 9x13. Form it into your favorite shape. I like to make mine wide enough to fit a slice on a sandwich, which my husband likes, more than just the meatloaf by itself! Bake for 60-70 minutes. Just check it, you want it done but not dried out.
This is a dense meatloaf, which I personally prefer. This is my perfect meatloaf. Just delicious! Some people might like the stuffing mix crushed up more as I said before, I left it whole. So do it either way. I hope you give it a try, I am so glad I did!