As you can tell, this meatloaf I made has nothing to do with food I ate in the '90s. Heck, when I was a kid I hated onions! I made this meatloaf in memory of all those that lost their lives last week in the Paris terrorist attacks. This meatloaf isn't meant to be a political statement. That's why I don't talk about the attacks at all until the end of the video. Using the sad music in the video I did about the meatloaf in honor of Chandler, my deceased cat, would just be too weird, in my opinion.
I initially intended for this meatloaf to be an escargot meatloaf(read: snails) but that would almost certainly dissuade my dad from eating it. My dad makes a lot of sacrifices when we make these video in terms of what he eats for dinner- he usually ends up eating fast food or an unhealthy TV dinner after we are done recording, and it's nice for him to have a home cooked meal, especially when it's made by me.
I mentioned in the video that the meatloaf was moist, but it was a kind of bit on the dry side. But that's easily remedied by topping the meatloaf with some ketchup. I originally intended the put canned French Onion soup in the meatloaf to make it moist, but the supermarket ran out of that soup flavor, of all the days I needed French Onion soup.
In an ideal world, I would have French Onion soup mix and canned French Onion soup in the meatloaf, but alas, that wasn't meant to be. :(
I honestly thought the shredded Gruyere cheese would moisten the meatloaf, but it fell short in that area, for I couldn't taste any cheese in the meatloaf. Not even the addition of 1/2 a sauteed onion could provide enough moisture either.
To me, it would've been an insult to the French if I used faux French ingredients like French fries or French dressing. Actually, I have never had French Onion soup before in its liquid soup format. The soup mix is really good though.
This meatloaf makes four 4-ounce servings of meatloaf.
You will need:
For the cooking materials:
A lasagna pan
Nonstick cooking spray
A large bowl
For the meatloaf:
1/2 a sauteed onion
2 beaten and whisked eggs
1 packet of French Onion soup mix
1/2 cup of shredded Gruyere cheese(you're going to have to do the shredding of the cheese yourself using a cheese grater, as most supermarkets only sell Gruyere cheese in brick form)
Pinch of sage
Pinch of marjoram
Pinch of salt
Pinch of black pepper
1 cup of breadcrumbs
1 pound of 93% ground beef
1. Wash your hands! :)
2. Put all ingredients in a large bowl.
3. Mix all the ingredients together using your hands until you get a firm meatloaf mixture.
4. Spray lasagna pan with nonstick cooking spray.
5. Form 2 loaves in the lasagna pan from the meatloaf mixture.
6. Bake in a 350 degree Fahrenheit oven for 60-65 minutes, or until the internal temperature of the meatloaf reaches 165 degrees Fahrenheit.
7. Bon appetit!