Meat loaf is one of those massively American comfort-food dishes that most people crave when their inner children start crying. Me, I crave it any time at all, with mashed potatoes and a boatload of gravy. But there’s meat loaf and there’s meat loaf. See my recipe for the perfect meat loaf.
When I was growing up in New York City, nobody had ever heard of a Big Mac with Special Sauce…because it hadn’t been invented yet! To hard-core NY eaters like my dad, a burger was all about the meat. When he first saw the new burger culture coming out of California in the mid-1960s, he freaked out. “That’s not a hamburger,” he said, doubtless like so many of his generation. “That’s a salad!”