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.
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!)
Pinch of salt and pepper, each
1 cup ketchup
1 TBS brown sugar
2 TBS BBQ sauce
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.)
Form a rectangular loaf on a parchment lined baking sheet.
In a separate bowl combine the remaining ingredients. Brush the meatloaf with half the glaze.
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.
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 🙂
Stephanie a.k.a. The Foodetarian