Meatloaf is a dish of ground meat formed into a loaf shape and baked or smoked. The loaf shape is formed by either cooking it in a loaf pan, or forming it by hand on a flat baking pan. It is usually made from ground beef, although lamb, pork, veal, venison, and poultry or a combination are also used.
Who invented meatloaf? Good question. The meatloaf has European origins, meatloaf of minced meat was mentioned in the famous Roman cookery collection Apicius as early as the 5th century. Meatloaf is a traditional German, Belgian and Dutch dish, and it is a cousin to the Italian meatball. American meatloaf has its origins in scrapple, a mixture of ground pork and cornmeal served by German-Americans in Pennsylvania since Colonial times. However, meatloaf in the contemporary American sense did not appear in cookbooks until the late 19th century.
Meatloaf is a versatile dish. I love meatloaf. I love having a meatloaf sandwich for lunch.
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2 pounds ground beef
2 eggs, beaten
3/4 cup bread crumbs
1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce, more for drizzling
1 onion, chopped
1/4 cup ketchup
1/4 cup chicken stock
salt and pepper, to taste
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Place all ingredients in bowl, mix well, using your hands. Place on 13x9 baking dish. Shape into loaf. Drizzle Worcestershire sauce over loaf, then spread ketchup on loaf. Bake for 1 hour. Enjoy!
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