The Wife didn’t ask me to guest blog while she was away. I’m sure it had to do with her knowing my work schedule was unlikely to permit any gourmet meal-making (and not her lack of confidence in my ability to hold an audience). Nevertheless, I wanted to surprise her with a guest post. She makes these fabulous meals for me night in and night out, so I figured the least I could do was add one more go to recipe to this genius online recipe book.
On tonight’s menu: Greek meatloaf with tzatziki sauce. This is a go to of mine, and even though the Wife doesn’t love some of these ingredients (olives), she always seems pleasantly surprised with this dish. And it’s simple, like most things I cook:
Step 1: Combine the following ingredients in a large mixing bowl:
- 1lb ground beef
- ¾ cup of Greek yogurt
- 1 egg
- 10-15 halved Kalamata olives
- 1 cup of crushed crackers (ritz or saltine); breadcrumbs work as well
- 2 or 3 pinches of salt and pepper
- ¾ chopped onion (more or less depending on your onion preferences)
- A couple shakes of red pepper flakes (more if you like a little spice like me)
- ¾ cup feta cheese
- 3 minced garlic cloves (more or less depending on your garlic preferences)
Step 2: Once the above is thoroughly mixed, place it in a meatloaf pan. Bake at 375 for approx. 50 mins to 1 hour.
Step 3: While that’s cooking, make the tzatziki sauce by combing the following ingredients:
- 2-3 cloves minced garlic (more or less depending on your garlic preferences)
- 1 cups Greek yogurt
- 1 cup cucumber, finely chopped
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- 3 tablespoons olive oil
- Salt and pepper to taste
Once the meatloaf is ready, top it with the tzatziki. And serve the dish with a simple salad – I’d recommend some arugula or spinach, olives, tomato and feta cheese….to stay with the Greek theme.
This is a Husband staple. Just sorry the Wife wasn’t home to enjoy it with me (even if she does pick the olives out). I’m sure she is out enjoying some chicken schnitzel though, so I don’t feel too bad.