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Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Not My Mama's Meatloaf

My mom can cook just about anything--and well!  Except for meatloaf.  Other members of our family like it, but I don't {sorry, Mom...}  I went a good 20+ years without eating anyone's meatloaf.  Not at home, in college, or at a restaurant.  I was scarred.  Then I meet O, and what is his favorite meal?!  You guessed it.  Meatloaf.  I was able to get around actually making it for him until after we got married, but I knew I couldn't forever.  I like meatballs, why do I all not like it in loaf form?  After a little thinking and some Google research, I tweaked my meatball recipe and came up with the only meatloaf recipe I'll ever make {and LOVE!}



Meatloaf

ingredients:
1 tbsp vegetable oil
1 small onion {minced in a food processor, super fine} 
1 clove of garlic, minced
1/3 cup of milk
1 egg
1/4 cup ketchup
1/2 cup finely crushed Ritz Crackers*
1 tbsp McCormick's Meat Loaf Seasoning {in packet}
1 pound of ground beef
1 pound of ground sausage

topping:
1/2 cup ketchup
2 tbsp. brown sugar
1/4 tsp. garlic powder

Heat the oil and cook onion for about five minutes, until soft.  Add garlic and cook for one more minute; set aside.  In a bowl, combine milk, egg and ketchup.  Add in cracker crumbs.  Crumble in both the ground beef and ground sausage along with the onion & garlic.  Mix well {your hands are the best tools for this, even though I'm thoroughly grossed out every time I do this...}

Shape into a loaf on a foil lined baking sheet.  Bake at 350 for 1 hour.  Mix together the topping and pour half over the meatloaf the last half hour of baking.  I always save some to serve along with the meatloaf and mashed potatoes!

This makes one very large meatloaf.  I usually divide it in half, and shape into two loaves.  I'll freeze one for a later date.  All you have to do is wrap it in plastic wrap and foil and store in a freezer bag.  When you want to use it, thaw in the fridge & bake as directed, above.

*you can substitute bread crumbs.  I think the Ritz Cracker crumbs give a good, buttery flavor to the meatloaf.

9 comments:

  1. I don't like meatloaf at all either, but maybe I'll have to give this a try!

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    1. I've dubbed this "the meatloaf for people who don't like meatloaf" Let me know if you try it out!

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  2. Oh man my stomach is growling now...might have to make meatloaf tonight :)

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  3. That meatloaf looks amazing!!
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  4. That's very similar to the recipe I use, but I switch out the ketchup for BBQ sauce!

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    1. I'll have to try it with BBQ sauce! Thanks for the tip!

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  5. Hahaha I never really liked my mom's meatloaf either, but then I had my MIL's meatloaf and it's SOOO good! I felt so ashamed that I liked hers over my own mother's!

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