What meal gets your family excited for dinner? For my family, it’s meatloaf. (Meatloaf?!?)
Our family is a second generation meatloaf loving family. It was a favorite in my house when I was growing up; and it is a favorite with The Mister and My Girl.
The ingredients are basic and most likely things you already have on hand. So, what makes it so special? Definitely the sauce that goes on top and bakes into a thick and delicious moat for the meatloaf.
Another plus – it freezes beautifully. Which is great – because I can always have one ready to go. It’s just as easy to make two.
And it is so easy to put together.
In a large bowl, mix together ground beef, bread crumbs, onion, egg, salt, pepper and some of the tomato sauce.
Form into a loaf and put in a 9×11 shallow baking dish. (If you are doubling the recipe to have an extra loaf to freeze, put half the mixture in a loaf pan and place in the freezer. Once frozen, remove the meatloaf from the pan and put it in a freezer plastic bag.
In a separate bowl, combine the remaining ingredients and pour over the meatloaf. (If making one to freeze, pour half of the sauce in a quart-size freezer bag.)
Bake for 1 hour, 15 minutes, at 350 degrees until full deliciousness has been achieved.
Dig in! If you are lucky to have any leftovers, they make an amazing sandwich the next day. Or breakfast (don’t knock it until you’ve tried it).
Makes 1 loaf
1 ½ pounds ground beef
1 cup fresh bread crumbs (For gluten-free, use gluten-free bread to make bread crumbs)
1 onion, finely chopped
1 egg, beaten
1 ½ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon pepper
16 oz. tomato sauce
1/4 cup catsup
½ cup water
3 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
3 tablespoons brown sugar
2 tablespoons prepared mustard
2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce (For gluten-free, use The Original Worcestershire Sauce from Lea & Perrins brand)
Mix together ground beef, bread crumbs, onion, egg, salt, pepper and 4 ounces of the tomato sauce. Form into a loaf and put in a shallow baking pan.
Combine the remaining ingredients and pour over loaf.
Bake for 1 hour, 15 minutes, at 350 degrees.
(This can be assembled early in the day and baked later.)