OK, I threw a bunch of stuff together tonight in preparation for tomorrow’s dinner after a long day at work and a football game. Thinking meatloaf would be easy to put together and have ready to throw in the oven, I started cleaning out the freezer. What I ended up with is probably the BEST meatloaf I’ve ever made!
- 1 lb deer meat
- 1 lb hot sausage (Jimmy Dean)
- 1 lb hamburger
- 4 1/2 cups stove top stuffing, (or the whole 8oz round box)
- 1 medium onion, chopped
- 2 eggs
- 1 can tomato paste, 6oz
- Classico, Tomato & Basil pasta sauce
Thaw out all meat and put into large mixing bowl, with onion, stuffing, tomato paste and eggs. Mix by hand making sure all the different types of meat and ingredients are completely mixed together. Place into loaf pan and top with pasta sauce, just enough to cover. Bake at 400 degrees for about 30 – 45 minutes or until done (depending on how thick your loaf is). This made more then my loaf pan would hold so I divided almost in 1/2 into 2 different loaf pans.
Of course if you don’t happen to have any ground deer meat on hand substitute with extra hamburger or ground sirloin, ground buffalo would be the bomb! And if your a creative type (like me and my mother – she even added green beans to hers every once in a while) there is no end to what you can do to meatloaf. Some of the things that can be added are: fresh mushrooms, minced garlic, black and or green olives, bell peppers, celery and of course you can always experiment with different kinds of bread crumbs, as well as your own tomato sauce instead of the store bought kind can be used. But I have to admit, stuffing already has all the seasoning added and it just turns out so GOOD every time!