LI’L CHEDDAR MEAT LOAVES
3/4 cup milk
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1 lb. hamburger
1/2 cup chopped onion
1/2 cup quick oats (I used my regular oats and ground them up for 2 seconds with the onion in my food processor)
1 teaspoon salt
2/3 cup ketchup
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1 1/2 teaspoon prepared mustard (I used Dijon)
In a bowl, beat the eggs and milk. Stir in cheese, oats, onion and salt. Add beef and mix well. Shape into 6 mini loaves; place in grease 9 x 13 pan. Combine ketchup, brown sugar and mustard; spoon over loaves. Bake, uncovered, at 350 degrees for 45 minutes. (Note from Kathy: My boys eat two mini loaves each so I double this recipe to serve 6 people. Serve with mashed potatoes and mixed veggies. What makes this so good is the sauce to meat ratio.)
I hesitate showing the pictures of what happened.
The story is…that about a week ago I prepared this lovely family dinner BEFORE leaving for another presentation. Adult daughter “A” was left in charge of taking the pans out of the oven. We’ll call her Gidget. That’s the name I use for daughters when I’m really mad.
Right as I was pulling into the parking lot for my presentation, Gidget phoned to say that the meat was still a little pink on the inside. I told her to leave it in a little longer and then I turned off my phone and went inside. Imagine my surprise when I phoned almost 2 hours later, on my way home, and learned that she was just then taking the dinner out of the oven. WHAAAAAAAT?
(I blame most of this disaster on their good dad, Mike, because he’s such a nut about ordering every single hamburger WELL DONE in order to avoid sure death.) By the time I got home I was starving and so disappointed. Gidget kept saying, “I’m sorry, I’m sorry” and I kept saying, “It’s okay, it’s okay.” Kids just don’t get the pain of a failed meal.
(gutting the deer…)
But it wasn’t really a failure. After carving off all the burned bottoms, we sat down to enjoy a very late supper. Maybe it was just the fatigue talking but Lizzie, our 13 year old, told me she thought the mini meat loaves were “really good”, and gobbled down almost two. She doesn’t even like meatloaf.
And Kathy was right about the sauce. Nothing fancy about catsup, brown sugar and mustard, but the sauce makes all the difference…
and burns on like no other.