For those that haven't yet found the blog "Mennonite Girls Can Cook", you might not have been tempted by their recipes, but I sure have. Their domestic prose appeals to me every day - they post at least one a day and I am usually reading it when I am at work on my lunch hour and everything sounds delicious! While I don't personally know any Mennonites, I have no doubt they can cook. Some day I have to start a "Catholic Girls Can Cook" blog....but I digress.
Today the Mennonite sisters have posted a recipe for meatloaf. I'm on the quest for a great meatloaf recipe. I don't like anything fancy - no ground turkey or sun dried tomatoes or anything, just straight up meatloaf. Meatloaf perfection, for me, is one like I had at the M&M Diner in Dearborn, back when it was on the other side of Michigan Ave and had worn down linoleum and no one knew it was there. It had an "alternative" feel to it and served things like meatloaf and lentil soup, and it only had a limited menu. It moved across the street and now it's called the M&M "Cafe" and has the ambiance of a Big Boy, and the food is just okay. I've had a few lunches there and was underwhelmed in this latest incarnation. But back in the early 90s, it had great meatloaf.
Another great meatloaf can be found at Seitz's Tavern in Chelsea, MI. If you haven't ever been there, I highly recommend it. It's an old timey bar like my grandpa used to hang out in, complete with beer offerings like Blatz or Black Label, and plenty of taxidermy hanging on the wall. Every day at lunch they offer some homemade sandwiches like Limburger cheese, liverwurst or hamburgers, plus one entree that varies each day. I can't remember what day featured meatloaf, but I got it there once when I was playing hooky from the office and it's been on my mind ever since. The bartender proudly told me that his secret ingredient was ground cabbage. I have tried to duplicate it but haven't succeeded. I once tried to make Alton Brown's meatloaf - I even ground my own meat. It was just okay.
Can you help me? What is your favorite meatloaf recipe? Blog about it, and then please link back to this post. Call it the meatloaf meme!