30 May 2012

My First Meatloaf

So ever since I can remember meatloaf has never been one of my favorite foods.  And it IS my dad's favorite so my mom made it a good handful of times as I was growing up.  I always refused to eat it.  My husband also never liked it, so I just never even had a desire to make it.  Well this last time my mom made it I was there for dinner and decided to try it and wow it was pretty dang good!

So I don't know if it's because I'm getting older or because I'm a mom now but I wanted to try to tackle this staple on many dinner tables.  Success was had!!  My husband even had seconds, he inhaled it.  Our 11 month old inhaled every piece I gave him as well.  I made it with a box of cheesy scalloped potatoes and it was a perfect dinner!!  Definitely will be making this more often!!

Here's the recipe found on Allrecipes:

Easy Meatloaf
Rated: rating
Prep Time: 10 MinutesReady In: 1 Hour 10 Minutes
Submitted By: Janet CaldwellCook Time: 1 Hour Servings: 8
"No-fail meatloaf calls for ground beef, onions, egg, milk, and bread. It is topped with a mix of brown sugar, mustard, and ketchup before baking."
1 1/2 pounds ground beef
1 egg
1 onion, chopped
1 cup milk
1 cup dried bread crumbs
salt and pepper to taste
2 tablespoons brown sugar
2 tablespoons prepared mustard
1/3 cup ketchup
1.Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
2.In a large bowl, combine the beef, egg, onion, milk and bread OR cracker crumbs. Season with salt and pepper to taste and place in a lightly greased 5x9 inch loaf pan, OR form into a loaf and place in a lightly greased 9x13 inch baking dish.
3.In a separate small bowl, combine the brown sugar, mustard and ketchup. Mix well and pour over the meatloaf.
4.Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 1 hour

The only things I did different was I put dried onion flakes (instead of real onion) and some garlic powder in the meat mixture.  I did use about 1/2 cup of ketchup like a lot of the reviews suggested and it turned out just right.  Maybe just a little less brown sugar next time but we seriously gobbled up half this loaf the first night!!

Here's mine:

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