Now I know what you are thinking! Meatloaf?! Yuck! Trust me, I was with you 100%. I hated meatloaf. But then my awesome mom made the Heloises Meatlof and that was it. I can't speak for other meatloaves but I can tell you, you will LOVE this one. The neat things about this meatloaf are, it has a sauce for it, the sauce is a sweet and tangy sauce which goes awesome with the ingredients, and for those that love spicy... you can make this sucker SUPER spicy if you chose. So try this recipe and give me your feed back!
1/4 cup packed brown sugar 1 Tbs yellow mustard
3/4 cup ketchup (this will be divided up) 1 dash hot pepper sauce
2 lbs ground beef 1 egg (beaten)
2/3 cup cracker crumbs (we use saltine) 1/2 cup milk
1/3 cup finely chopped onion 1/4 cup chopped bell pepper
1 tsp salt 1/2 tsp sage
1/2 tsp black pepper ***optional crushed pepper***
So a little back story on the "optional crushed pepper". My mom's recipe she wrote to me says "chopped red pepper". Well the first time I made this I thought that meant crushed red pepper. I am blond after all. LOL. Anyway, my husband and his dad love spicy so instead of doing 1/4 cup bell pepper I did 2 CUPS CRUSHED RED PEPPER!!! Yeah! It was crazy spicy, they loved it despite the physical pain it caused them...men. I have never been able to bring myself to make it that spicy again even though my husband begs me to. I just had to share where that extra ingredient came from. I have since edited my mom's notes to include the word "bell" before pepper so I remember. I'm fine with you laughing at me, haha.
(meatloaf portion) 1. In a large bowl combine ground beef, egg, cracker crumbs, milk, onion, bell pepper, salt, sage, black pepper, (crushed red pepper if you chose) and 1/2 cup of the ketchup
2. Mix all ingredients together until hamburger like consistency
3. Press meat mixture into a large, sprayed casserole dish
(sauce portion) 4. In a large bowl with spoon, mix brown sugar, mustard, hot pepper sauce and 1/4 cup ketchup (I usually do 8x these amounts so people can put more on and if you have left overs it's nice to have extra sauce)
5. Spread half of the mixture over the top of meatloaf
6. Bake in pre-heated 350 degree oven for 1 hour and 15 minutes. Add remaining sauce on top while cooling for 10 minutes
*** Glass casserole dishes and white ceramic will most likely take longer to cooks, especially if very thick! So keep that in mind.***