Nothing like the comfort of a meatloaf…

It was a typical freezing cold New England evening and since I was making a meatloaf anyway, I decided to invite some friends to share it.  Many supermarkets now sell ground veal, pork and beef in one package which makes making a meatloaf that much easier.  My recipe is partly my mother in law’s and one I found in a magazine.  It is truly delicious and from what was left of the extra large loaf I made, my guests must have agreed.

In 2 tbls melted butter saute:

1 cup chopped onion
1 cup chopped fresh mushrooms
1/2 cup diced celery
Season with salt and pepper

Sprinkle 1 tsp dried thyme over and add:
3/4 cup grated carrot (buy the packaged grated carrots. it’s easier)
several cloves of garlic minced( you can never have too much garlic) I use a small food processor
Stir until combined then remove from heat and cool.

In large mixing bowl combine:

2 pkgs. of combined ground meats: veal, pork, beef (usually each package is 1 lb.)
1 cup panko crumbs ( or Italien bread crumbs for a little more flavor) soaked in 1/2 cup milk ( I use skim)
2 beaten eggs
1 3/4 tsp salt and 1 tsp pepper
Mix with hands and shape into a 9×5 inch loaf in a casserole dish.

Mix:
1 can tomato sauce (small)
1/2 cup water
3 tbls vinegar
3 tbls. brown sugar
3 tbls prepared mustard
2 tsp worcestershire sauce

Spread over entire loaf. I sometimes poke holes in the meatloaf so the sauce sinks into it.  Bake in 350 oven for 1 hour or until thermometer reads 155 degrees.

I served red skinned garlic mashed potatoes with a green salad and a nice crusty bread.  There were eight of us and the meatloaf was gone even after second helpings.

Usually, successful entertaining means going the extra mile and being fancy, but this was one I my best dinner parties ever.  Enjoy!!