When I was growing up, meatloaf was the MOST dreaded dinner my mother served. Where she got her recipe, I'll never know, but it was awful. Terrible. Dreadful. I won't elaborate any further, except to say that for some misinformed reason, she made it with dried onions (not onion soup) and dried green peppers. Think leathery, chewy weird stuff in greasy ground beef. Yuck.
Let me add a disclaimer and say that, for the most part, my mom was a good cook. I made her fried chicken last night, and it simply can not be beat, nor can her chili, which I've blogged earlier. (Search chili at the top if you want to try it.)
Fast forward 15 or 20 years, and now I am the mom, on a budget, trying to figure out another way to serve ground beef. By this time, "hamburger" has progressed, so that you can purchase lower fat versions, and I've been around enough to have eaten meatloaf that actually tastes good. I experimented and finally hit on a recipe that my family loves (with the exception of one son who will remain nameless, like Voldemort). Try MY meatloaf, and forget greasy, nasty extended meat logs with chewy weird stuff.
Meatloaf Your Family Will Love
1 lb. 90% (or higher) lean ground beef
1/3 c. minced onion
1/4 c. minced green pepper
1 T. worchestershire sauce
1 tsp. finely minced or grated garlic
1 T. Sauer's* barbeque sauce + 1 more for topping
2 T. V 8 juice
1 T. catsup + 1 more for topping
1 tsp. dried oregano
1/2 c. dried bread crumbs (use plain, but if you have Italian style, use that and eliminate the orgegano, salt and pepper)
1/3 c. parmesan cheese
pinch salt and pepper
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
In a medium to large bowl, mix together ground beef, egg, worchestershire sauce, onion, green pepper, garlic, V8, 1 T. of barbeque sauce and catsup, and oregano. Add in the salt and pepper, bread crumbs and parmesan until the mixture just holds togethera and the vegetables look evenly distributed. Spray a loaf pan with cooking spray and press your meatloaf mixture into it. Top the meatloaf with the remaining 1 T. of catsup and barbeque sauce.
Bake for about 45 minutes until the juices run clear.
Serve it with some roasted vegetables and garlic mashed potatoes, and don't forget to pass the catsup!
*We like Sauer's barbeque sauce because it is not too sweet, but you can use your family's favorite brand.