Grandma’s Meatloaf

Meatloaf. When you think of comfort food, do you think of meatloaf?

I didn’t for a long time. In fact, the thought of  “meat” and “loaf” together turned my stomach. Not so once I made this recipe for my meat-and-potatoes-loving husband.

Now that I think of it, the secret really isn’t the meatloaf recipe at all. It’s the sweet and savory glaze that makes it super special. Sorry, grandma!

Grandma’s Meatloaf With Sweet and Savory Glaze

1 T olive oil

1 small green pepper, finely chopped

1/2 C onion, chopped

1 1/2 lbs ground beef

3/4 C oats

1/4 C ketchup

1 T Worchestershire sauce

1 1/2 tsp salt

1 egg, beaten

3 T milk or water

1 tsp minced garlic (optional)

Mix all ingredients in a large bowl. You can either shape the meatloaf mixture into the middle of a 13 x 9-inch pan or use a regular loaf tin.

Bake at 375 degrees for one hour, adding the glaze (recipe follows) during the last 15 minutes of baking.

Sweet and Savory Meatloaf Glaze

1/4 C brown sugar

1 T dijon mustard

1 tsp cider vinegar

Mix all ingredients in a small bowl and pour over the top of the meatloaf during the last 15 minutes of baking.

Tips: For the meatloaf, I use a baking pan that has a removable top with slits in, so that some of the grease drips down. If you go this route, put a little bit of water – about a 1/2 cup or so –  in the bottom of the pan before you put it in the oven so the grease doesn’t smoke and set off the fire alarm. Go ahead, ask me how I know.

Serve with mashed sweet potatoes (from a can) with brown sugar and butter and steamed sugar snap peas with a little sprinkling of salt on top.

This is a simple recipe that doesn’t require a lot of effort on your part. In fact, the oven does most of the work. Enjoy!

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Published in: on October 29, 2010 at 12:16 am  Leave a Comment  

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