My family likes my meatloaf decently well, and I’m planning on having it for my friend’s visit in another month, so I thought I’d share. As with most recipes of “mine” I take from a lot of different people’s recipes. I’m always asking for recipes because I want to know what makes which flavors pop. This recipe was a combo of my step-mother in law (who’s one of the best cooks alive and has taught me so much in the kitchen) and one of my girlfriend’s (who infuses everything with brown sugar) meatloaf recipes.
The Meatloaf itself is pretty standard, stuff. Breadcrumbs, diced Onions, Italian seasoning, paprika, garlic. But the sweet ingredient makes this meatloaf heavenly. It is, as with so so many foods, greatly improved by brown sugar. *sighs dreamily*
Take your bread pan (Or a 9×9, that’s what I use) and pack the bottom with brown sugar. No real measurement here, just a thin-ish layer. Like, maybe a quarter inch thick.
So. Take your ground beef or ground turkey (if you’re being conscious of red meats or you like, love cows but enjoy the slaughter of turkey). Add your bread crumbs, spices and egg and mix them all up. (Just use your hands, it’s soooo much easier than a spoon.)
Then kind of carefully put the meat in the pan on top of the brown sugar. You don’t want to push the sugar off the bottom, but it’s ok if it comes up around the edges. This molten numminess is also why you won’t need to spray the pan with nonstick anything. (Just be sure to rinse before it sits for too long.)
Then just top it with ketchup. I’ve opted not to do this before and just put a gravy op top; it was good, but my kids wouldn’t eat the brown stuff, so I resort to ketchup to try to trick them into eating … well, anything, really.
And this is what it will look like after roughly a half hour at 375 degrees.
Sweet, Sweet Meatloaf
1 lb ground Beef or Turkey
1/2 finely chopped onion (Or 1 tsp onion powder if you prefer the consistency)
1/2 tsp Smoked Paprika
1 1/2 tsp Italian Seasoning
1 to 1 1/2 tsp of minced garlic
1/4 cup Breadcrumbs
Preheat oven to 375. Pack the bottom of you pan with with your brown sugar. Combine meat with spices and breadcrumbs. Put in pan on top of sugar. Cover with Ketchup. Bake for 25-30 minutes and let cool for about 5.