Today is my only brother’s birthday, and he adores meatloaf. He makes a fab meatloaf himself, but since it is his birthday I suggested that the family surprise him with a “Meatloaf Off.” That is, we siblings would all cook meatloaves and let him choose his favorite loaf.
Meatloaf may not be elegant, but sometimes you just want a hearty meal. And birthdays are for favorites, so who cares if a dish isn’t fancy? (Take that, culinary snobs!)
Strolling along on my evening walk yesterday to the startlingly clear sounds of Jack Johnson’s All At Once as heard through the lovely earbuds my dearest bought me for Christmas, I allowed myself to not think of the recipe I wanted to create. So naturally it came right to me.
Here’s my recipe…it was not the winner of the day (except to my husband, who says he had three pieces but then again he has to live with me, so I’m not sure I totally trust his assessment as being wholly unbiased even though it was quite welcome to hear).
Everyone at the party was interested in my typically odd creation and seemed to enjoy it. So naturally I immediately spilled the recipe. (My niece won with her mini-muffin meatloaves, a justified win. The “muffins” were topped with mashed potatoes and were both cute and yummy!)
If you want to give my recipe a try sometime, have at it. And let me know how you like it. Note: it is keto and low-carb eating friendly, so it is likely to reappear in our house again soon.
Stuffed Birthday Meatloaf for Rod:
Four pounds 73% fat ground beef (for extra flavor)
One pound HOT ground sausage (choose your favorite brand)
Salt and pepper to taste
A dash of garlic salt
A dash of Italian seasoning
One eight-ounce package of cream cheese
Twenty pepperoni slices
Combine all of the above ingredients except for the last two in a large bowl and fill two loaf pans about 3/4 of the way with the meat mixture. I used my husband’s Depression-era Fireking glass pans. Lovely and uniform!
Then take a spoon and make a trench of sort in the meat, maybe two inches deep. Fill the first loaf with about half of the package of cream cheese, dropping the cheese by the tablespoonful into the crater.
Next cover the cream cheese with half of the pepperoni slices for each loaf.
Use the reserved ground beef mixture to cover both loaves evenly, pinching the sides together, patting the top and smoothing it away from the sides of the pan.
Put it in a 350 degree oven and bake for one hour or until an inserted thermometer reads 155 degrees. Always check your meatloaf to be sure it doesn’t overcook. Your oven may well be different than mine.
I will add photos as soon as I am able…for some reason I cannot get them to load on this computer. Look for an updated version soon.
(And P.S. — I did not sleep well last night so I can’t swear I wrote this recipe up properly. But I tried.)
My brother was delighted with the surprise meatloaves and hesitated in choosing a winner at all. I think we siblings and family can all agree, however, that we are the winners to have such a cool guy in our lives.