Grandpa Mark's Meatloaf - ButterYum
Believe it or not, my mother didn't do meatloaf. She didn't do a whole lot of foods other people's mothers made... no casseroles, no cool whip, no country time lemonade (sniff-sniff). For dinner we had one of two things, pasta or some sort of roasted meat with veggies on the side. That was it, A or B. Nothing wrong with that, but I don't think I had my first bite of meatloaf until I was in my 20s. I liked it, the hubby liked it, the kids liked it (except for the picky one), but I didn't think to make it very often because it just wasn't one of the food memories I grew up with.
So I was looking at a blog post the other day about a girl who's late father-in-law, Grandpa Mark, made a mean meatloaf. It was such a sweet post that I decided to give the recipe a try. I'm so glad I did because we really liked it, even the picky one (he had 3rds!). I've made the recipe twice now, once as written, and once with a slight modification (see the note below the recipe for an explanation). Thanks for a great recipe, Jamie. It's already a new favorite!
Grandpa Mark's Meatloaf
makes 2 loaves
- 2 1/2 pound ground beef
- 1 1/2 onion, minced
- 2 sleeves Saltine crackers, processed into crumbs
- 4 eggs, beaten
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
- 3 tablespoons honey mustard (I used half honey; half mustard)
- 1/2 cup ketchup
- 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
- 1 cup brown sugar (light or dark, whatever you have)
- 1 cup ketchup
- Preheat oven to 375F.
- In a large bowl, combine the meatloaf ingredients.
- Form into 2 equal size loaves and place in a greased 9x13 pan with about and inch of space between the loaves and all around the sides.
- In a small bowl, combine the brown sugar and ketchup; pour evenly over the loaves.
- Cover the pan with foil and bake for 45 minutes.
- Remove foil, baste meatloaves with sauce from the bottom of the pan and return to the oven, uncovered, for another 5-10 minutes.
- Remove from the oven and let stand for 10 minutes before slicing.
adapted from Jamie Cooks It Up!