Okay... I was skeptical of this recipe. The ingredient list was so long and looked daunting, but I figured that I've been making meatloaf for 30+ years (since I first started living on my own), and I was stuck in a rut! "Thank you" isn't enough to express my gratitude to "looking outside of the box" (so to speak). This turned out to be a pleasant surprise for my whole family. I did alter a bit, but that is the whole point of a "use what you have" recipe, right? I used 2 lbs ground beef, 1/2 lb Italian sausage, 1 can of Cream of Mushroom soup with a splash of milk (to replace the fresh shrooms and milk, since I didn't have any real shrooms in the house), no Kosher salt (since the bacon was on there), a half of chopped green bell pepper that was wilting away, and I used the dried herb options (along with all the other the listed ingredients). But, I didn't have a clue as to what "Garam Masala" was (and I was just too lazy to investigate)... so I skipped it! All is good. Fantastic meal we had tonight. Served this with cheesy broccoli and dinner rolls. Thank you for posting a fresh view on what to do with an "old classic", and clear out your fridge at the same time. Made for PRMR - Spring 2013
Garam Masala? Really? Well, I am in a rut with my old meatloaf recipe so I will give it a try.
This is a fantastic meatloaf, Annacia! I'm throwing out all of my other meatloaf recipes, and I'm not kidding! Such huge flavors happening in there -- I love the addition of garam masala, the fresh lemon zest, and of course -- the bacon! I made it exactly as written and didn't change a thing. Thanks for sharing your great recipe!
My husband had 3 slices, so that says its a winner. :)