Saturday, June 7, 2008

Billy Joel's Favorite Meat Loaf and ours, too

Do you like meatloaf? Neither did I until I made this. It's Billy Joel's wife's you know it's got to be good. And with a few exceptions, most of this is lying around the pantry. Or not. But you can buy it at the store. See how nice they look? Of course her meatloaf is good!
Even Tod likes it and Tod is anti-meatloaf. Kristi enjoyed it and she is also anti-meatloaf. Perfect when you have leftover hamburger. And it looks good. Tastes better. Plus protein. Enjoy.

1 Tbsp. olive oil
1/2 medium yellow onion, diced (about 3/4 cup)
1 garlic clove, minced
1 medium red pepper, finely diced (about 1 cup)
1 bay leaf
2 Tbsp. chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
2 tsp. chopped fresh thyme
2 pounds lean ground beef
2 large eggs, lightly beaten
3/4 cup dry bread crumbs
1 cup ketchup
1 Tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
2 tsp. kosher salt
1 tsp. freshly ground black pepper

Preheat the oven to 350°. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Spray lightly with oil.

Heat the olive oil in a medium skillet over medium heat. Sauté the onions, garlic and bay leaf until the onions are tender, about 3 minutes. Add the red pepper and cook until the red pepper is tender, about 5 minutes. Stir in the parsley and thyme and cook for another 2 minutes. Remove pan from the heat and let the onion mixture cool. Discard the bay leaf.

In a large bowl, combine the beef, eggs, bread crumbs, 1/2 cup of ketchup, the Worcestershire sauce, salt, pepper and the cooled vegetables. Use your hands to mix everything together.

Transfer the mixture to the center of the baking sheet and form into a loaf. Coat the meat loaf with the remaining 1/2 cup ketchup.

Bake for 1 to 1 1/2 hours (depending on the shape of your loaf), until the meat loaf is firm. Let set for about 5 minutes before slicing.


millie said...

Well I can believe it, she was one of the hosts on Top Chef three seasons ago, so she must know what she is talking about.

Ann Dee said...

Umm, Billy Joel's wife? I'll try the meatloaf but she doesn't really look like that great of a cook to me. No offense. I hope she doesn't read this blog. Do you think she does? Crap.