I love my mom’s meatloaf recipe. It’s comfort on a fork. In fact, I never eat meatloaf anywhere else. I’m sure that diners and places like Cracker Barrel make perfectly good meatloaf, but it just won’t taste like what my mouth wants when I want meatloaf.
Knight, however, was convinced that he didn’t like meatloaf. For the first six or seven years of our marriage, I never made meatloaf. It was a dark, sad time in my life. Then, one day, my mom made meatloaf for dinner, and he realized that, what he really didn’t like was the ketchup on the top of the meatloaf. So he scraped that off and put barbeque sauce on it instead. (Mind you, Mom wasn’t offended.)
And he liked it! The heavens opened, angels sang, and light shone down from on high. I could make meatloaf again.
So here’s the recipe, in all it’s delicious glory.
1 lb ground beef, extra-lean
1 egg, slightly beaten
1/3 cup ketchup
1/2 cup oatmeal
1/3 c shredded cheese (whatever kind you have on hand)
1 tbsp dried minced onions
1 tsp garlic powder
2 tsp beef boullion
1/4 cup warm water
Additional ketchup for top of meatloaf
BBQ sauce for top of meatloaf
Preheat oven to 350 F. Line baking sheet with foil and spray foil with no-stick spray (easy clean up!).
Dissolve beef boullion into warm water.
Combine everything in large bowl and mix well. Your hands work best for this!
Divide mixture into four equal portions, and pat into mini-loaf shapes on baking sheet. Top each with ketchup or BBQ sauce.
Bake at 350 F for 30 minutes.
Notes: I bake them in mini-loaves so that they cook faster, and I like putitng them on a baking sheet so that any fat has room to drain away from the loaves.
P.S. Thanks, Mom!!!