Grocery stores are stacking it high to make it fly. What, you say? Traditional Thanksgiving fare! End caps are filled with green bean casserole fixings and pumpkin cans. Jello reigns supreme. But, alas, there are a couple of weeks ’til turkey day. To keep things from getting too hectic for the days book ending the holiday weekend, having a hearty meat loaf in the freezer just makes sense. That’s where aluminum comes in. There is probably an end cap with inexpensive foil containers that go from freezer to oven and even to table if you are so inclined.
I usually buy aluminum foil pans in bulk during a Costco run. They are great when you want to prepare a meal for a new mother, sick friend or a sissy that needs a break. They are perfect for a church dinner or neighborhood potluck. How many times have you not been able to retrieve your nice casserole dish from an event, then a couple of years later you see someone bring THEIR casserole in YOUR dish…I digress. Let’s just say I’m a fan of disposable, inexpensive foil pans-they are great for recipes like this one:
Favorite Freezer Meat Loaf
- 1 1/2 pounds lean ground beef
- 1 cup milk
- 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
- 1 teaspoon chopped fresh sage leaves or 1/4 teaspoon dried sage leaves
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon ground mustard
- 1/2 teaspoon pepper
- 2 garlic cloves, chopped or 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 egg
- 1/2 cup bread crumbs
- 1 small onion, diced
Combine all ingredients. Shape into a large loaf and place in an ungreased aluminum pan or loaf pan. Wrap in saran wrap, then foil, date and store in the freezer for up to 6 months.
When ready to cook, let thaw in fridge overnight. Preheat oven to 350°F. Bake uncovered for about an hour or until a meat thermometer reads 160°F.
If you desire, last 15 minutes of cooking time, spoon off excess fat from meat loaf and cover meat with this delicious sauce: 3 T brown sugar, 1/4 cup catsup, 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg, 1 teaspoon dry mustard. Return to oven and continue baking uncovered.
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