Thanksgiving week in a nutshell:
“I don’t stop eating when I’m full. The meal isn’t over when I’m full. It’s over when I hate myself. “ – Louis C.K.
A quote will have to do because there was no way I could censor the actual clip. Which by the way is hilarious. But even I know my limitations. And I’m too sensitive for hate mail right now. Holidays got me feeling all sappy and stuffs.
Needless to say, I’m feeling huge regrets (both through my belly and my wallet) and now that I have banned myself from entering the grocery store until all Thanksgiving ingredients have disappeared (into my mouth) what better dish to make than meatloaf? The Kingpin of “everything but the kitchen sink” kind of dish.
Sidetone: There is nothing I hate more than calling a slab of meat, a loaf. But a spade is a spade, and that is exactly what this bread pan filled with meat is. So if you can get over the whole loaf of meat bit, then picture Ikeas finest snack, all dolled up into one giant hunk of goodness, allowing less hands on time in the cucina and more sit down relax and put your feet up post holiday meal type of dish.
Since you won’t be frying this meatloaf in any pan (because that task sounds incredibly daunting and almost impossible) wait to start your gravy once your meatloaf has finished cooking. This way you are able to use some of that fat from your meatloaf (and trust me, there will be a decent amount in the pan) to enhance the flavor of the gravy. So just be incredibly careful when pouring off the fat into the pan as to not dump the entire loaf of meat out (which should be almost impossible to do, but I’m sure where there is a will there is a way, and there is always a way).
I like to use a combination of lean beef and country sausage. The country sausage is incredibly fattening HOWEVER the texture it produces is really nice as well as the flavor. Especially for this meatloaf.
I also use plain greek yogurt vs (classic) sour cream for this dish as I prefer the flavor that the greek yogurt gives over the sour cream. Personal preference. However you may use sour cream instead.
just watched that Louis CK clip (I’ve seen it before actually) and sooooo good great reference
IKEA meatballs are my favorite – I didn’t even think it was possible to make them at home, I also am a big fan of meatloaf so I can’t wait to make this for my kids and husband. Thanks!
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