…Dan and I came in from a day of yard work, which mostly was the job of raking cottonwood leaves left behind from last fall. Backs aching and stomachs growling, I made the comment that I would do anything for a cold meatloaf sandwich. Dan agreed. We both settled for a bowl of cereal and went to bed. But I knew if I was going to get any additional help from Dan or others, I would have to serve up more then cold cereal.
We all have had really good food, but not all really good food makes the memorable list. One of my early, memorable culinary “bring them to the table” dishes was meatloaf. My younger brother and sister confirmed this by being present for dinner, when they knew it was on the menu. It gave me such pleasure to know I was making them happy. Many years later, I was having lunch at my friend Dan Miller’s new restaurant in Deadwood, SD. Dan is a great artist and wonderful chef. When I asked him what to order, he said: “Have the meatloaf sandwich, it’s delicious”. Not only was it delicious, it was memorable.
With the promise of my famous meatloaf for dinner last Saturday I was able to recruit help from Dan, my son Lucas, my daughter Jilian and her fiancé Colton. We had a great day filled with work, moans, laughter…and, as promised, meatloaf.
Below is my 30 + year old recipe for meatloaf, plus a few concoctions for meatloaf sandwiches. I hope it brings them to the table for you too. Happy spring everyone! Jill