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My Not-So-Secret Potluck Recipe

Mahalo Meat Loaf

Main Ingredients:
1 lb. 70-80% Lean Ground Beef
1 pkg Saltine Cracker (Normally it comes with 2 or 4 pkg in PREMIUM cracker)
1 cup Chopped Round Onion
1 can 8 ox tomato sauce

Binding Agent:
1 egg

Seasoning:
2 tsp Pepper
2 tsp Italian Seasoning or Dried parsley
1 tsp Dried Oregano
2 tsp Dried Basil
NO SALT REQUIRED, as the saltine puts out a lot of salt

Procedures:
1- Crush the crackers by hand or chop in a blander until even. To yield the same physical quantity as the ground beef.
2- Preheat oven at 400F.
3- In a big bowl, mix all main ingredients and fold in seasoning.
4- The texture must be moist and doughy. Try to form a meatball and set it on a plate. If it collapses, add more crushed cracker.
5- Form a loaf and place it on baking dish. Preferably with drip pan - so the fat leaves meatloaf and makes it leaner.
6- Place the loaf in the center rack and reduce heat to 350F. Bake at 45-60 minutes until the meat is done.
7- Pour some sauce on top and bake 5 minutes at 400F.

Sauce:
1 can 8 ox tomato sauce
2 leaves Fresh Bay Leaves or 1 tsp dried Bay leaves
2 tsp Dried or Fresh Parsley
Dash Crushed red pepper (season to taste)

Do not start under high heat. Simmer and stir frequently until heated through.




Dietary Alternatives:
Can't have Beef?
- Replace ground beef with ground turkey and add one Portuguese Sausage

Low Sodium Diet
- Use "No Salt" tomato sauce and "low sodium" crackers.

Can't have egg?
- Egg is a binding agent only. You can reduce chopped onion and tomato sauce by adding a little at the time when mixing in the main ingredients. Less tomato sauce will make the loaf less moist. However, you can always pour the sauce afterward.

No Cracker?br> - You can use corn flakes or bread crumbs

Want more veggies?br> - Add chopped green bell pepper, fresh tomatoes and adjust moisture level in the mix.
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@ Submitted by Luis Chen, Spring 1995
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