I’d like to apologize for not posting a recipe in the past few days. I was blessed with a bad case of the flu and just when I thought I was over it I had a relapse. Before I knew it Thanksgiving was here and I spent two days cooking and baking while still recuperating. Whew!
I’ve had a few people asking me to post my meatloaf recipe and until now, I’ve been too preoccupied with baking sweets to take the time to post it. Well today is the day! I’ve actually been in the mood for some savory comfort food and believe it or not I’ve been on sugar overload here lately. My body has been craving hot, savory comfort food. Besides, I’m ramping up for Christmas recipes, so I’d better stop and give my body some real nourishment from time to time.
If you’ve never made a meatloaf, let me tell ya, it’s one of the easiest comfort foods that you’ll ever make. It takes about fifteen minutes to prepare and it bakes in about an hour. Super simple!
- 1 1/2 pounds ground chuck
- 2 large eggs, slightly beaten
- 1/3 cup milk
- 1 medium onion, diced small
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon pepper
- 2/3 cup finely crushed saltine crackers
- 1 1/2 cups ketchup
- 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
- 1/8 teaspoon pepper
- 3/4 cup light or dark brown sugar, packed
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Spray an oblong baking dish, such as an 8 X 11 inch, with non stick cooking spray.
- Mix all ingredients together in a large bowl, (I use my hands). Do not over mix, or meat will become tough when baked.
- Shape mixture into a loaf and place in prepared baking dish and set aside.
- Combine ketchup, pepper and brown sugar in a small pan. Stir and heat over medium heat, just until sugar has dissolved.
- Brush about 1/2 of the sauce over the top of the meatloaf mixture. Reserve the remaining sauce for brushing over the baked meatloaf or serving on the side.
- Place meatloaf on a middle oven rack and bake for about one hour or until meat temperature reaches 160 degrees on a meat thermometer. Allow meatloaf to rest for about ten minutes before slicing.
- Brush with additional sauce if desired or serve on the side.
- Refrigerate leftovers.