I make the best meatloaf

Last night’s dinner: my glazed meatloaf (recipe below), Hasselback potatoes, and “rainbow” salad (lettuce + veggies of every color).

It’s not bragging if it’s true, right?

I have always loved meatloaf — and meatloaf sandwiches — and I have devoted the past few years to perfecting my meatloaf recipe.  The fabulous end result is a hybrid of my mother’s original recipe and a recipe I found ages ago on a now-defunct website, BeefRecipe.com.

My mom’s recipe in the form of a note to middle school-aged me.
My old recipe with years of notes and splatters.  Why potato hot dog buns?  I seem to always have one or two spare ones in the freezer.

Amanda’s Glazed Meatloaf

Serves 6

1/2 cup ketchup
1/3 cup brown sugar
1 TB lemon juice
1 tsp mustard powder
2 pounds lean ground beef
2-3 slices of fresh or stale bread, broken into small pieces or blitzed in a processor
1 envelope French onion soup mix (or 1/4 cup bulk mix)
1 egg, beaten

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. In a small bowl, combine ketchup, brown sugar, lemon juice, and mustard powder.
  3. In a large bowl, combine ground beef, soup mix, bread, egg, and 1/4 cup of the ketchup mixture.  Mix thoroughly with bare hands.  Pack into a 5 x 9 loaf pan.
  4. Bake for 1 hour.  Pour off grease, coat with remaining ketchup mixture, and bake for another 10 minutes.

A (tangential and rambling) sidenote about meatloaf sandwiches: Until I developed this recipe, my love of meatloaf was second to my love of meatloaf sandwiches.  I have a personal rule, which I have never broken, stating that if I find myself in a restaurant with a meatloaf sandwich on the menu I am required to order it.  To date, the best meatloaf sandwich I have eaten in a restaurant was at the Pine Tree Restaurant in Shelton, WA.  I highly recommend that place anyway because when we stumbled in on a hot summer day several years ago, halfway through an unexpectedly stressful motorcycle trip around the Olympic peninsula, they treated us like royalty even though we were the only customers (and filthy, too).  The atmosphere was homey, the food was delicious, and they gave us the last of their ice cream for free.

— Amanda


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