Jimmy2.0Kef’s Mama’s Meatloaf

28 Jul

Ed Note: I’m off with JetSet in Malaysia. Today’s very much non-vegetarian post is brought to you by Jimmy2.0Kef, who is smart enough to be marrying into the family Kef in June 2015! –Chef Kefi, RN

Being a conservative eater, my young dinning life was not easy for me or my mother. The foods I eat have expanded but not by much. My fiance’, BabyKef, regularly says I have the palette of a 5 year old.

That being said I’ve always loved my mother’s meatloaf. My family would sit at the table before my mother would leave for the night to work the night shift as a nurse (Ed. Note: Nurses are AWESOME!). The great smell along with mashed potatoes with gravy and peas gathered us to the table to eat something together. This made my mother happy since she would only have to make one meal, instead of a special meal in addition just for me and my limited tastes.

Today it is one of the few but delicious meals I cook. Generally I base my sides off of whether or not I’m making gravy that day. If I am, I’ll pair the loaf with mashed potatoes. If I decide against gravy that day, I’ll make macaroni and cheese. Not matter what I always make some kind of vegetable as well, generally peas, corn, or broccoli.

Mama’s Meatloaf

Ingredients

  • 1-1 1/2 lbs ground beef(80% or more)
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 c ketchup
  • 1/3 c- 1/2 c breadcrumbs
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder or minced onions (personal preference) – add a little more if using minced onions
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 pepper
  • 1 beef bullion cube dissolved in about 1/4  c of warm water

Assembly

1. Preheat the oven to 350F. Place beef in a mixing bowl. Add egg, onion powder, garlic powder, and pepper. Mix together using your hands. Add beef bullion mixture and mix with hands.

2. The moisture of the loaf will determine how you proceed from this point. If the mixture is very wet at this point, add bread crumbs first. If it is dry, add ketchup first. You will likely not use all the bread crumbs if using a 1/2 cup. Add until until loaf mixture no longer sticks easily to the bowl and starts to hold shape/doesn’t fall apart when picked up.

3. Mold into a loaf and place into a small glass pan. Cook for one hour and enjoy!

Jimmy2.0Kef is a teacher by day and a fan of all Philly sports teams by night (Ed Note: Can’t account for personal taste!). He enjoys gaming and taking care of the dog he co-parents with BabyKef. In June 2015, he will earn the title of Luckiest Man in the World.

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