Monday, February 8, 2010

Our Family's Favorite Meatloaf

This is our favorite meatloaf recipe.  As always, you could use lean ground beef or turkey burger.

Venison Meatloaf

1 to 1 1/2 lbs. ground venison
1 t. Lawry's seasoned salt
1 t. celery salt
1/2 t. garlic powder
2 eggs
1 small-med. onion, chopped (a good handful and a half)
1 c. oatmeal
1 c. ketchup
CHEESE!!! (shredded or a chunk cut into slices)

Mix everything together, except the cheese. Layer 1/2 in a loaf pan, put down lots of cheese, maybe about 1 or 1 1/2 cups if you want to measure. Then put the rest of the meat mixture on top. Pat it down flat. Bake at 350 for about 1 hour and 15 minutes. Maybe a little longer if you used more meat.

An alternate way to cook this is in the microwave.  In order to get it to cook evenly, you will need to use a ring mold or shape it into a ring.  You do the same with the layering, but turn the ring mold out onto a large microwave-safe plate after you are done.  Cook it for 20 minutes at full power.  This works best if it's in a microwave that has the automatic rotating plate thingy.  If you don't have that, make sure to rotate it regularly.

Serve with mashed potatoes and green beans cooked with onion and bacon or broccoli!

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