Meatloaf is one of those dishes which have traveled the world. From African Bobotie, to Middle Eastern Kafta, to the diner just down the road, you can find its relatives just about anywhere you go. Here is my version:
2 lbs ground beef
3/4 cup oat flour (you can substitute wheat flour, but oat flour adds a certain sweetness)
2 TBS Mrs. Dash Garlic flavor (or your own selection of herbs)
2 TBS balsamic vinegar
3 TBS minced garlic
1/4 tsp salt
3 TBS HP (Brown) Sauce, or, if unavailable, substitute 3 TBS Worcestershire sauce and a pinch of sugar.
Place the ground beef into a large mixing bowl, and form a well in the center.
Add your dry ingredients to a separate container, and blend them together.
Put your eggs into a separate container and stir until yolk and white are well blended. Add the remainder of your wet ingredients to the egg mixture.
Pour the mixed dry ingredients into the well, then add your wet ingredients, and mix well into the ground meat.
I much prefer mixing with clean hands, but a sturdy wooden spoon will do as well.
You can now choose to place your mixture into a standard loaf pan, or make a more organic form by mounding it in the center of a heavy casserole dish.
You can glaze the loaf with Brown Sauce about 5 minutes before pulling it from teh oven, if you like, for some extra tang.
Bake @ 350 deg. for about 50 minutes.