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Monday, September 26, 2011

Greek Meatloaf

It all started with a blog post about Keftedes (Greek Meatballs) that I saw here on elly says opa!   Sounds familiar, doesn't it?  It happens alot.   I added them to the menu plan and bought the ingredients that I needed to make them last week.

On the afternoon that I had planned to make them, I just didn't have it in me to make the meatballs and pan fry them.  Elly cautioned that I shouldn't even think about baking these babies.  So, as a "most of the time rule follower", I thought "No problem!" and the idea of meatloaf came to my rescue. 

It's hard for me to make meatloaf look good in photos; but I have to tell you that this one was fantastic.  It was not, in the least bit, dry.

the onion....the garlic....the oregano


It went perfectly with the Greek Potato Salad (which I got from Elly, as well) and the fresh green beans from my mother-in-law's garden.   It is definitely going to be a regular in our house going forward.

Greek Meatloaf
Adapted from a recipe found here at elly says opa!

1 slice of bread

1 lb. lean ground beef

1 egg, lightly beaten

1/2 an onion, finely diced or grated

2-3 cloves garlic, finely minced or pressed

3 tbsp. fresh oregano, chopped

1 heaping tsp. dried oregano

1/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped

1 tsp. salt

freshly ground pepper

Preheat oven to 350° F. Place the bread into a shallow dish and pour milk on top to cover. Set the dish aside while you assemble the rest of the ingredients to give the bread time to soak up the milk.
Into a large bowl, add the ground beef, egg, onion, garlic, fresh oregano, dried oregano, parsley, salt & pepper.  Squeeze the bread and discard the milk keeping just the soggy bread and add that to the meat mixture.  Mix everything together being careful not to overmix. (I always use my clean hands.)  Shape meat mixture and place into loaf pan.  Bake for approximately one hour until a meat thermometer placed in the center of the meatloaf registers 160° F.

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  1. Oh, I love Greek meat balls, even when I havent yet tasted your meatloaf. Looks fab by the way. You are getting such a gourmet cook!

  2. When can I come over for dinner??!?!?!? :O)

  3. I love how you improvised on this! Making meatballs sounds super tedious and totally unnecessary...this is way better.

  4. I seems like it is meatloaf season all over the net.
    Now I need to get the meat out of the freeze to start making my own.

    Have a fun day!


  5. Gosh, I haven't made meatloaf in years! I need to change that.. this sounds fantastic! Love the Greek flavors.

  6. I love meatloaf but have never heard of Greek meatloaf. This will be great to try, thanks!!

  7. I won't eat meat, but my hubby does. Looks delicious.

  8. This looks good, I'm putting on my menu plan...And, I must say, the only way to make good meatloaf of any kind is to mix it with very clean hands! ))smiles))

  9. dinner looks delicious, Candace. your meatloaf looks great next to your potatoes and beans. and fresh beans at that! i love slicing leftover meatloaf in a sandwich. i bet you didn't have any leftovers though!!!!! ;)

  10. Meatloaf ... sigh. I absolutely ADORE it, and this was must be fabulous! If only we could put a little lipstick on it, to pretty it up a bit! (I have dozens and dozens of feeble attempts at making my meatloaf look appetizing, not one of which actually does the job.) But it doesn't matter what the dish looks like, as long as it tastes amazing ... :)

  11. I've always said I didn't like meatloaf...this, however, I think would be really good! This whole plate looks yummy!

  12. Meatloaf was very popular here during the 80's. My mom used to make it very often especially with whole eggs stuffed on it. This one looks fantastic. I bet it tasted as great! Try next time to add dried spearmint as well. It gives a beautiful aroma to the ground meat!

  13. I agree on one side- meatloaf is hard to make look beautiful or appetizing but on the other hand candace- that meatloaf of yours looks amazing to me! You just helped me come up with what we are having for dinner tonight. I haven't made meatloaf in a really long time! great recipe and dish!

  14. Looks so good, lot of flavor in the meatloaf! And that's exactly what we'd love with it, string beans and potatoes, delicious meal!

  15. Looks good on the plate, but I would not have a slice of bread with mine.

  16. This is a must try as we all love meatloaf in this family. Hope you have a great weekend, we are headed to the pumpkin patch.


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