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Kirk Douglas' Tough Guy Meatloaf

meatloaf recipeKirk Douglas captured plenty of hearts at the 83rd Academy Awards tonight as he delightfully strung out his announcement of best actress in a supporting role. (How old is Kirk Douglas? 94 – born on December 9, 1916.) Besides being funny and charming, Kirk Douglas has great taste in food. His favorite meatloaf was apparently prepared by his German cook Fifi because his wife refused to let him cook – she served the loaf, made with a traditional blend of beef, pork and veal, with nutmeg-seasoned mashed potatoes.

(Watch Douglas present the Best Supporting Actress Oscar to Melissa Leo below.)

A 2009 story in the Chicago Tribune brought back readers’ favorite recipes from the past, including Kirk Douglas’ Tough Guy Meatloaf. It had been published in a 1973 issue of Mainliner, United Airlines’ in-flight magazine, which also ran recipes for Frank Sinatra’s fresh tomato sauce and Bob Hope’s lemon pie.

Kirk Douglas’ Tough Guy Meatloaf

If you’d rather have a glazed meatloaf, omit the bacon and ten minutes before the end of the baking time, brush the meatloaf with a mixture of 1/4 cup each: ketchup, mustard and brown sugar. Adapted via the Chicago Tribune.

1 lb each: ground beef, veal, pork (or use half beef, half pork)
1 onion, finely chopped
3 Tbsp. minced parsley
2 eggs
2 Tbsp. flour
2 Tbsp. bread crumbs
salt and pepper to taste
1 tsp. each: paprika, dried oregano, dried thyme
13/4 cup V-8 or tomato juice
3 strips bacon (optional)

Prehat oven to 350F. In a large bowl, mix together everything but the bacon, mixing well with your hands without overworking it, which could make your meatloaf tough.

Pat the mixture into an ungreased 9x 5-inch loaf pan, and bake for 45 minutes. Lay the bacon slices on top and bake for another 30 minutes, or until cooked through.

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