This recipe for Field of Bones Meatloaf is the perfect comfort dish and will have you wishing for leftovers the next day.
We will get to this Field of Bones Meatloaf but first let me tell you all about how I came to read this book.
Last year I joined a book club my friend Leticia started and I love it. I’ve always wanted to join a book club but never sought one out. Leticia went all in and created her own club and I am so happy she did. Every month a member chooses a book for us to read then we meet at the end of the month to discuss said book. One thing I really enjoy with this club is that every book is new to me and some (most) are not normally books I would read. I will say that once I read them, I enjoyed the experience. Even books I thought I would not like at all I have read and was glad for it in the end.
That was the case with Field of Bones by J.A. Jance. This is the 18th book in a series but it is the first one of this author that I have read. It’s also not mandatory that you read all the books in the series first. Mystery books aren’t the first books I tend to learn towards but I do love reading them. They’re just not the first thing I will pick out. I think that has to do with nightmares I have from reading them. That ish gets real, real fast.
This book kept me interested and I loved that there were strong female characters throughout the story. Here’s what Amazon has to say – also you can buy the book here *affiliate link.
Though she’s still recovering from a series of tragedies, Joanna Brady’s life has never been busier. Her older daughter is off to college, her five-year-old son is full of energy and boundless curiosity, and she’s just given birth to a new daughter—on the same night she won her third election as Cochise County sheriff in a squeaker of a race.
Despite her devotion to her work, Joanna is determined to see her maternity leave through this time. But the world has other plans when a teenager turns in a human skull found on the far side of the San Bernardino Valley, sparking the beginning of a multiple homicide case. As much as she would rather stay home with her newborn and lose herself in the cold cases to be found in her father’s long-unread diaries, Joanna instead finds herself overseeing a complex investigation involving multiple jurisdictions and an FBI profiler.
Filled with the beloved characters, small-town charm, vivid history, intriguing mystery, and the scenic Arizona desert backdrop that have made the Joanna Brady books perennial bestsellers, this latest entry featuring the popular sheriff is sure to please J. A. Jance’s legion of fans.
The recipe is actually in the book at the very end and plays a part in the story. Meatloaf is one of those dishes I love but like a mystery book, I don’t have it often. And when I do I kick myself for not making it often. My Aunt Eleanor made some meatloaf once and I was like why haven’t I had this before? My first response when she asked if I wanted some was “no, I don’t like it”. Say what? I just never remember having it when I was a young‘en.
The original recipe didn’t have a sauce on top and it had a jar of green chilies but I’m a wimp so I left them out. If you can take the heat, add a small jar. But definitely keep the sauce.
Field of Bones Meatloaf
Yields 6 servings
5 minPrep Time
1 hr, 30 Cook Time
1 hr, 35 Total Time
- 2 lb ground beef
- 1 c old fashioned oats
- 1 can chopped green chilies, optional
- 1/2 c milk
- 2 eggs
- 1/4 c diced onion
- 1 tsp Salt
- 1 tsp Chili powder
- 2/3 c Ketchup
- 1/4 c Brown sugar
- 2 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- In a mixing bowl, combine all meatloaf ingredients. Get in there with your hands and just mix it up until everything is thoroughly combined.
- Wash those hands and prepare a baking pan (or jelly roll type sheet) with foil.
- Form meat mixture into a loaf in the middle of the pan.
- In a small bowl, mix together topping ingredients until combined. Drizzle half over beef.
- Place in the oven and bake for 1 hour 10 minutes. Pour remaining sauce on loaf and bake for additional 20 minutes.