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I think meatloaf gets such a bad rap! It’s one of those things that you aren’t supposed to like for some reason, but we love meatloaf. Like my daughter says, it’s really just a big yummy meatball! Mmmmm…she’s so right! Meatloaf is an easy meal for a weeknight because it’s quick to make, you can make it ahead of time, and it’s delicious! So if you don’t have one already, this is a great recipe. It’s meaty, hearty and so great drenched in the sweet & sour sauce! Yummo.
- 1 lb lean ground beef
- 1/2 cup chopped onion
- 2 tbsp milk
- 1 egg
- 1/4 cup oats
- salt & pepper
Sauce (See Notes)
- 1/2 cup ketchup
- 1/2 cup water
- 2 tbsp mustard
- 1/2 - 1 cup brown sugar (I use 1/2 cup)
Make your sauce first by combining all the ingredients and mixing well. I use a hand blender to do this. Set aside.
Combine beef, onion, milk, egg, oats, salt & pepper.
Press the meat mixture down into a loaf pan, then make a well down the centre of the loaf. To do this, just run a table knife lengthwise down the centre of the loaf, making about a 1/4 x 1/4 inch indent.
Pour about 1/2 of the sauce into the well, and coating the top of the loaf a bit. Save the other half of the sauce for when you serve the meatloaf.
At this point, you can put the meatloaf into the fridge until you are ready to bake it that evening.
Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour. Drain. And put onto a serving plate.
Drizzle on the remaining sauce when serving the meatloaf.
This recipe makes a lot of sauce, so use half for the baking, and half for serving with the finished meatloaf.
Recipe from The Joy of Cooking
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Notes & Tips!
- Meatloaf is great served with mashed potatoes and peas or green beans.
- If you don’t want to use oats in your meatloaf, you can use bread crumbs instead.