a moister meatloaf to give your ketchup a holiday

Ah, there’s nothing more classic than a meatloaf and mashed potato dinner. But I know for many of us, the memories of a dry, flavorless mound of meat scares us away from what can be a quick and tasty dish! Here’s a simple and speedy recipe for an American classic; Mom’s Best Meatloaf.

A classic family favorite (I promise!)

A classic family favorite (I promise!)

Ingredients:

1 1/2 lbs ground beef or meatloaf mix (beef, veal, and pork)

1 cup Italian breadcrumbs

1/2 yellow onion, grated

2 cloves garlic, grated

4 ounces horseradish cheese, shredded (this is a new discovery for me. It’s delicious! But if you can’t find it, sharp cheddar will do just fine!)

1 egg

Pinch of salt and pepper, each

1 cup ketchup

1 TBS brown sugar

2 TBS BBQ sauce

Directions:

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Combine ingredients meat through salt and pepper in a large bowl until just incorporated. (*Tip: Don’t over work the mix! The less you fuss with it, the better it’ll be.)

A few simple ingredients leave a big flavor!

A few simple ingredients leave a big flavor!

Save the elbow grease and mix until just combined

Save the elbow grease and mix until just combined

Form a rectangular loaf on a parchment lined baking sheet.

Leave that meatloaf pan behind! Free form for simpler serving later

Leave that meatloaf pan behind! Free form for simpler serving later

In a separate bowl combine the remaining ingredients. Brush the meatloaf with half the glaze.

3 ingredient glaze keep things juicy on the outside and bakes to a perfect carmelized crust

3 ingredient glaze keep things juicy on the outside and bakes to a perfect caramelized crust

Bake for 35 minutes, top with the remaining glaze and bake for another 35 minutes. Check that the internal temperature has reached 160 degrees F and then let rest for 10 minutes before serving.

Oops! I ran out of parchment paper (a superhero helper in clean up). Good thing my husbands on clean up duty tonight! ;) But look at that crunchy, carmelized crust!

Oops! I ran out of parchment paper (a superhero helper in clean up). Good thing my husbands on clean up duty tonight! 😉 But look at that crunchy, caramelized crust!

I have tried a ton of meatloaf recipes and I have realized that less is more for this dish. If you add too many frills, it ends up tasting more like one big meatball! I find grating the vegetables really keeps the meat moist and juicy. If you have them in the fridge, grated red pepper is a delicious addition as well! Serve with mashed potatoes and peas for a classic, all-American dinner that the whole family can enjoy together 🙂

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Viola! Look familiar? Where's the TV tray? :)

Viola! Look familiar? Where’s the TV tray? 🙂

Eat Well,

Stephanie a.k.a. The Foodetarian

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