DIAMOND LIL'S MEATLOAF
As remembered by me, her granddaughter
My mom wasn't a cook. She trudged off to Safeway every day to wrap meat and support our family. But HER mother was a marvelous cook - my grandmother Lillian AKA Diamond Lil/Poker and Pinochle Queen. She made an effortless meatloaf that was delicious - my favorite part of eating it was scoring several pieces of crispy bacon that sat atop the ketchup-shrouded loaf. Like most women of her era, my grandmother rarely wrote her recipes down, and sadly, most of those which she did are long lost. So.......I did my best to recreate her amazing meatloaf, subbing in some leaner beef and ground turkey, adding more moisture with additional egg, and retaining some amazing flavor by using a bit of ground pork and real bacon on top. I just can't give that memory up.
So here goes, and remember - the beauty of a meatloaf is that it's pretty much a blank slate for using up those tidbits of things left in your freezer, your produce drawer, and your breadbox. The key thing is to keep it moist, otherwise your efforts are in vain. So don't be afraid to add an extra egg, more onions, extra ground meat, or more panade (fancy term for bread soaked in liquid) to achieve that goal. Enjoy Diamond Lil's Meatloaf (after all, she was a card shark!). This recipe feeds 12 so no worries if you cut the recipe in half (or better yet, invite some neighbors and friends over, and have a great meal!). I had so much left over, I repurposed the meat into 2 more dishes, which I'll describe at the end.