If you grew up in the United States, chances are great that you have had meatloaf. At least once. For many of us, it is a quintessential comfort food, ranking high up there along with Buttermilk Biscuits and Pecan Pie. Making it is not difficult, and many of the ingredients are kitchen staples that we tend to keep in our pantry and refrigerator.
When I want to make meatloaf, hamburgers, and other ground beef dishes, then all I have to do is pull a pack out of the freezer a day or two before I plan on making it and allow it thaw in the ‘fridge.
To make weeknight dinner preparation easier, when I get home from the store I take some of the ground beef and brown it in my skillet. Then I drain it and allow it to cool on paper towels. After it has cooled, I will portion it out into freezer bags. Then when I want to make something like spaghetti, sloppy Joes, chili, or other ground beef dishes, I take a pack out of the freezer, add a little bit of water, and quickly reheat it. Then I can throw it in with some sauce or soup and I am good to go. It only takes about 5 – 10 minutes and there is very little mess.
Back to the Meatloaf
M meatloaf has a sweet, brown sugar glaze on top and a little bit on the bottom. Before making the loaf itself, I make the glaze by combining ketchup, brown sugar, and little salt. I let it sit for a moment so that the sugar can dissolve a bit in the ketchup. Then I spoon about 1/3 cup on the bottom of my loaf pan. I set the rest aside and get started on making the loaf.
I chop my onion into chunks and prepare my bell pepper by removing the top, bottom, and insides. I place them in my food processor and pulsate until they are diced. Then I add the meat, bread crumbs, egg, milk, and 1/3 cup of the glaze. I process it all in my food processor until the mixture is thoroughly blended.
I then place the meat mixture into my loaf pan and pat the top smooth. Then I spoon the remaining brown sugar glaze on top and bake it for an hour at 350 degrees.
Brown Sugar Glazed Meatloaf
- ¾ cup ketchup
- ¾ cup packed brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 & one-third pounds grass-fed ground beef
- 1 & one-third cups bread crumbs
- 1 small onion, chopped
- 1 green bell pepper, chopped
- 2 eggs
- ¼ cup milk
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Combine ketchup, brown sugar, and salt in a small mixing bowl and allow to sit for a couple of minutes to allow sugar to dissolve.
- Spoon one-third cup of sauce into bottom of a loaf pan. Set aside.
- Place ground beef, bread crumbs, onion, bell pepper, eggs, milk, and one-third cup of glaze into food processor and process until mixture is thoroughly blended.
- Place meat mixture into loaf pan and smooth down the top.
- Spread remaining glaze on top of loaf and bake for 1 hour or until internal temperature is 155 to 160 degrees.
- Remove from oven and allow to rest for 10 minutes before serving.
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Meatloaf Facts & Trivia
- Meatloaf has European origins. It was mentioned in the Roman cookery collection Apicus as early as the 5th century.
- Europeans and Americans are not the only ones who enjoy meatloaf. Other countries ranging from Chile to Vietnam have their own versions of the meaty dish.
- America’s version of meatloaf takes its origin from scrapple, a Pennsylvania Dutch dish made from pork parts.
- Meatloaf gained much appreciation during the Great Depression, thanks to its adaptability. People were able to make use of less expensive fillers to stretch ground beef and create a satisfying dish.
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