Let me start by saying that I’ve always hated meatloaf. Something about the name combined with the fact that I didn’t know what exactly was in it made me stay away from it. But when extra lean sirloin was on sale at The Fresh Market, I decided to give it a try. Since I’d be making it, I’d know exactly what was in it — better yet, I could choose what to put in it.
After doing some research, I couldn’t find one recipe that had everything I wanted, so I decided to combine ideas from different recipes and make a recipe for myself. Here’s what I came up with:
2 lbs extra lean sirloin
1 yellow onion, finely chopped
1 green bell pepper, chopped
2 stalks of celery, chopped (could use just 1 depending on the size)
1 large carrot, shredded
1 cup Italian seasoned breadcrumbs
2 tablespoons grated parmesan cheese
1-2 teaspoons garlic powder
2 eggs, beaten
salt and pepper
All you have to do is combine all of these ingredients in a bowl. I started with the meat, and added the ingredients in the order they are listed above. Then I mixed it all up with my hands — it’s just easier. I put the mixture into two loaf pans and baked at 350 for 1 hour. The meat should have an internal temp of at least 160 degrees.