Thursday, March 22, 2012

change of heart

Today I was planning on making spaghetti.  I had some ground moose meat thawed out just for that purpose, and I decided in the morning that I would make my own sauce instead of using the jarred stuff we have in our pantry.  I chopped up the onion and the last bell pepper, then heated the oil in the saucepan, adding some salt and pepper.  

By the time they were done, I had changed my mind.  I had gotten out some oats, diced tomatoes, and an egg, mixing them together with the onions and pepper.

I think my favorite part of making meatloaf is mixing it by hand.  I love to sink my hands into the mixture and gently knead it, incorporating the vegetable mixture into the meat.  As the aroma of the bubbling meatloaf fills the hows, anticipation grows steadily until I simply cannot wait until it is finally time to eat.

Classic Meatloaf

1 lb. ground beef (or bison or moose)
8 oz can diced tomatoes, drained (I used the bigger can because its the only size of organic diced tomatoes they have at Costco)
1/2 cup chopped onions (I don't usually cook them before I mix them in, I just did this time because I thought I was making spaghetti sauce!)
1/2 chopped bell pepper
1/2 cup quick cook oats (I don't use quick cook, I use old fashioned and just add about a 1/4 of a cup more)

{mix the following together for the topping}
1/3 cup Ketchup
2 TBS brown sugar
1 TBS mustard

Preheat oven to 375 degrees fahrenheit.  Mix all ingredients before adding the ground meat, then mix gently.  Add to oiled loaf pan, and top with Ketchup mixture.  Bake for approximately one hour.


  1. Yum! But who is the dog in your grassy picture

    1. It was very good! The dog is Briney's - this picture was when we were taking a walk in the woods by her house before her wedding :)

  2. Lol at what mom said. But that looks delicious!