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Not Your Momma's Meatloaf (seriously, it's my dad's meatloaf recipe, my mom can't cook)
1 1/2 lbs ground venison/wild boar (substitute hamburger or ground round ... although it's really yummy with the venison, but that's had to find in San Diego)
1/2 to 2/3 cup of chopped onion (i like red onions)
1/2 to 2/3 cup of chopped celery (optional, i don't usually add this)
1 heaping teaspoon of dried parsley
1 package of beef top ramen
1 small can of tomato sauce (i suggest the small can of hunts tomato sauce with basil, garlic, and oregano)
Mustard (i use spicy brown mustard)
Pre-Heat oven to 325 degrees.
Remove spice packet from the Top Ramen. Place ramen noodles in a large zip-lock bag and use a rolling pin to crush to small pieces. The smaller the better. (i don't have a rolling pin so i use a wine bottle. works better if you haven't opened the bottle yet, unless of course if it's empty, then use the bottle and open another one for your drinking pleasure)
In a large mixing bowl, combine crushed ramen noodles with the chopped onion, chopped celery (or not), dried parsley, and the contents of the ramen spice packet. Mix thoroughly.
Next, add the egg, mix well. Now add the tomato sauce. When all smooshed together, start working in the ground beef using a large fork. You can use your hands, but what if the phone rings??? (the last part is seriously a part of my dad's written recipe, it makes me laugh and i do use my hands. squishing meat with my hands is fun)Mash repeatedly until all all ingredients are worked throughout the meat. (hands make this easy). Don’t forget to wash your hands thoroughly.
Place in a corningware or glass dish that has a lid (i use a 8x8 glass dish and it works out really well). Leave enough room from the top and sides so the meat juice (yes, i said meat juice) doesn't overflow and can absorb into the meat loaf as it cooks. Cover the top with ketchup and mustard as a glaze.
Cook covered for about an hour & a half ... whatever you think. I like to uncover it for about the last 10 minutes to allow glazing.
I usually serve this will my fantastically yummy garlic and onion mashed potatoes and the veggies of your choice.
The leftover meat loaf also makes really yummytastic meat loaf sandwiches the next day!!!