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!}


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

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.


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

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

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

  3. That meatloaf looks amazing!!
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  4. I'll have to try it with BBQ sauce! Thanks for the tip!

  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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