I ordered a cow this week.
I didn’t actually order a live cow. More like a dead one.
This is just getting worse, but seriously hang with me.
Instead of weekly trips to the store to purchase questionable meat, I order straight from the farm. Around twice a year, I place a large order for beef. Generally around 50 lbs. This beef comes from a cow that once roamed the pastures of a farm, grazing on grass. Beef I happily feed my family. (You can read more about where I buy meat here)
Instead of 50lbs, I decided to go big this time, with a 1/4 cow. This means three other people split a whole cow with our family. A 1/4 of a cow is around 150lbs of beef. That’s a lot of beef! We will receive a large variety of cuts, such as steaks, roasts, soup bones, and ground beef. Usually a large percentage of the meat is ground beef. (If you are local you can find more info about the farm here)
I love a good hamburger and have a thing for meatballs and tacos, but 50 plus pounds of ground beef means I need to get creative. There are only so many hamburger, meatball, and taco nights my family tolerates before I get the “We are having this again” look.
You know the look.
The look that leaves you searching through every food blog, cookbook, and food magazine desperately seeking something new and delicious.
With a large amount of beef needing freezer space, soon, I have been trying to make room in our freezers, by cooking the remaining beef I purchased six months ago. This means we’ve been eating a lot of ground beef lately. With night after night of ground beef on the table, I was starting to get the look. I pulled out every cookbook, read every blog, and scoured through the countless food magazines I own.
Meatloaf just isn’t my thing. Every time I think of meatloaf, I conjure up images of ketchup and stale breadcrumbs and big chunks of onions, and zero taste. A big piece of mushy meat topped with sticky baked ketchup. I really am not a meatloaf person.
Not one bit.
Reading Arsy’s meatloaf post changed my mind. While I didn’t have any of the ingredients for her particular meatloaf except two, sundried tomatoes and beef, I felt inspired! Inspired by meatloaf.
I know, crazy!
That night, using what I had in my kitchen and our garden, I made meatloaf. The smell that radiated from my oven was amazing! I had high hopes. Dinner was served, I eagerly took a bite.
Now, that’s meatloaf!
The flavor of sundried tomatoes with fresh herbs was fabulous! The glaze on top was the very essence of perfection. And of course, fresh Parmesan Cheese sprinkled over the top with lots of fresh herbs. My family raved about it, I raved about it. In fact, the love for that meatloaf grew so much, I’ve served it twice this week. Both times being devoured!
I am getting a bit over zealous about my meatloaf, but trust me this one is a winner! A far cry from the ketchup drenched pieces of meat I have always pictured and avoid. We now endearingly have coined this dish “Not your Mother’s Meatloaf”.
- 1 lb ground beef
- 5 oil-packed sun-dried tomatoes, chopped (where to buy)
- ½ cup fresh herbs (I used an assortment of fresh parsley, dill, basil, oregano, and rosemary)
- 1 egg
- ¼ tsp salt
- ½ onion, finely chopped
- ½ cup breadcrumbs, homemade or packaged
- 1 TB organic soy sauce (where to buy) or coconut aminos (where to buy)
- 4 oil-packed sun-dried tomatoes
- ¼ cup organic soy sauce
- ¼ cup olive oil
- ½ TB Balsamic Vinegar
- fresh herbs
- freshly grated Parmesan cheese
- Preheat the oven to 350F
- Place the beef in a large bowl. Add all the meatloaf ingredients and mix together, thoroughly, with your hands.
- Place the meat mixture in a rectangular baking dish and press the mixture down in the dish.
- Bake in the oven, uncovered, for about 50 minutes.
- In a food processor or a high-speed blender, place the glaze ingredients (soy sauce, olive oil, balsamic vinegar, and 4 sundried tomatoes).
- Process about a minute. The end result will be a liquid glaze, a bit chunky.
- After 50 minutes, take the meatloaf out of the oven.
- Pour the glaze over the top of the meatloaf. Place the meatloaf, with glaze on top, back in the oven for 7-10 minutes.
- Allow to cool for a few minutes.
- Garnish with Parmesan Cheese and fresh herbs.
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