This is by far the best meatloaf recipe, thanks to Sister Jamila [Chandra Craft] one of my Circle of Light Halaqa sisters. I add some Middle Eastern ingredients to make it a Middle Eastern Meatloaf. So, let’s start Bismillah.
You will need:
1) 1 lb of ground beef
2) 1/4 tsp of garlic powder
3) 1/4 tsp onion powder
4) 1/4 tsp of Seasoned Salt [I used Lawrys]
5) 1/2 roll of crackers [crushed]
6) 3 eggs
7) 2 tbslp of ketchup [some more for the surface]
8) a dash of black pepper
First , preheat the oven to 375 degrees. In a bowl combine the ground beef, chopped onion, eggs, crackers, seasonings and ketchup. Mix by hand until the mixture is sticky–if it isn’t then try adding more ketchup or another egg. If it is too sticky then add more crackers. With the amounts in this recipe, it should be just right. Then once, the mixture is evenly mixed, put in a loaf pan–so it takes the form of a loaf for it is meatloaf after all isn’t it ! Then place in the oven for 40 min. When it’s almost done put ketchup on the top of the meatloaf, until it covers it. Let the meatloaf cook a little longer, about 10 minutes but make sure you don’t burn the ketchup. Serve with mashed potatoes and enjoy.
I make this and add some Middle Eastern ingredients. Instead of the garlic and onion powder and Lawrys Seasoned Salt , I add:
1) 1 cup of crumbled feta cheese
2) 1 tbslp of oregano
3) 2 cloves of garlic finely minced
4) 1 tsp little olive oil
5) 1/4 fresh cracked pepper
Then I cook the same way as above. Let rest after it is cooked, then cut into thin slices and use as you would gyro meat in pita sandwiches with yogurt sauce or hummus.