Growing up, I HATED meatloaf … my mom would make it probably once every few weeks, using, I’m sure that 70/30 ground beef ::shudder:: … and serve it up with the boxed potato buds mashed potatoes. Ick. There was just something about the whole baked meat thing that made me want to gag every time.
Then of course, you got Hubby, the big meat dude who LOVES meatloaf, and again, he would make it and I would just look at it, thinking to myself, it’s just a solid piece of ground beef cooked to death. Ick.
At least he made REAL mashed potatoes, lumps and all 😉
So with the sickness making its way through the household, Hubby and I were laying in bed Saturday morning discussing how we felt and what we wanted to make for dinner. He said “meatloaf”. I said “ick”. But then I said, fine, I’m sure I have every thing on hand to make it and if it makes him feel better, so be it, I will make meatloaf ::shudder::
Thankfully, Pinterest is still the love of my life.
The original recipe is here … we didn’t modify it too much, but a little (of course!). So here’s how we did it:
1 lb of 90/10 ground beef
1 lb of 80/20 ground beef (honestly, because that was the 2 packages I pulled out of the freezer!)
1 cup of oyster crackers, crushed (because that’s what I had in the pantry)
1 cup milk
1/2 package of dried onion soup mix
3/4 cup diced onions (finely diced)
1 tsp salt
generous amount of black pepper
few dashes or Worcestershire sauce
1 cup ketchup
1/2 cup brown sugar (consider using 1/4 cup if you don’t want a sweet sauce)
2 tsps Worcestershire sauce
Mix the crackers, milk, eggs, onions, soup mix, salt, pepper and Worcestershire sauce in large bowl. Add the ground beef and mix well.
Grab a large sheet of wax paper and form a loaf about 8 inches by 4 inches wide.
Line a large glass baking dish with foil and transfer the loaf to dish. Thinking back, we had used parchment paper and I could have just laid THAT in the dish! Doh.
Mix up the ketchup, brown sugar and Worcestershire sauce in small bowl (make sure you remove the sugar lumps BEFORE you add the liquid ingredients 😉 ). Brush about half the mixture over the top of the loaf.
Bake in oven, uncovered, for about 70 minutes at 350 degrees. After 70 minutes, test for doneness (no pink remains) and then, if you have the option to convection roast, turn that on for about 10 minutes. Otherwise, you can do a low broil to brown the top a little.
Remove from oven, let sit for 10 minutes or so. Using a spatula, cut into slices and brush the rest of the sauce over the top. (this is totally optional. I think the sauce was a tad too sweet and probably would skip this last step next time)
Serve up with a side of REAL mashed potatoes and green veggie of choice. Sit back and think, hey, I could become a meatloaf convert!
*Note: I suppose I should tell the truth and say as a kid, I was super picky and turned my nose up at just about everything … but meatloaf has been one of those things that I would NOT willingly eat or make … maybe now, yes!
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