Monday, February 22, 2010

brown sugar meatloaf

Meatloaf Monday is finally here!

This will be the one and only installment though.
I've found my favorite meatloaf.
Look how happy it makes my family.
There's no need to make any other.

You might feel the same way after reading the rave review I received.

"I am usually not a meatloaf fan,
but I've had some of yours and it isn't bad."

There you have it, folks.
It isn't bad.

And if you're going to bring dinner over to a friend's house,
remembering the comment that friend left on your blog

"Jim Bob* hates meatloaf.
Maybe one of your many recipes could convince him otherwise."

would be helpful in planning the menu.

Otherwise, your husband might take it upon himself to remind you of that comment
just as you're walking out the door to deliver the meal.
Then you'll feel like a fool the entire drive over to that friend's house.

But you know Jim Bob might forgive you because you also brought
a pan of your favorite cream cheese brownies.
Chocolate is always a good replacement for meatloaf anyway.
Who needs protein when you can have carbs?

So here's the recipe.
Just in case you like eating meatloaf that isn't bad.
Try it. You'll like it.

Brown Sugar Meatloaf

1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup barbecue sauce**
1 1/2 pounds lean ground beef
3/4 cup milk
2 eggs
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 small onion, chopped***
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
3/4 cup finely crushed saltine cracker crumbs****

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Lightly grease a 5x9 inch loaf pan.
Press the brown sugar in the bottom of the prepared loaf pan.
Spread the barbecue sauce over the sugar.
Mix thoroughly all remaining ingredients in a mixing bowl.
Shape into a loaf.
Place on top of the barbecue sauce.
Bake in preheated oven for 1 hour***** or until juices are clear.

And then,
if you're lucky,
your little girl will be so happy from eating all that yummy meatloaf
that she will entertain the entire family
by placing her carrots into her cup
one by one
and drinking that delicious carrot water.

What could be better?

* Names have been changed to protect the innocent non-meatloaf-loving people.

** The online recipe calls for ketchup. I hate ketchup though. It's for kids.

*** Or leave the onion out because onions are gross.

**** I use bread crumbs that I buy at the store.

***** I usually bake mine for 70 minutes in an 11x7 inch pan. That way there's more surface area for the yummy glaze that forms from the brown sugar and barbecue sauce.

And just for the record,
here's Jim Bob's comment after eating the meatloaf.

"I totally don't like meatloaf,
but I had some amazingness that I wouldn't even call meatloaf tonight...."

So there you have it.

Not bad

I totally agree.


Colorado Kid said...

I'm laughing too hard at your pictures to type! I love meatloaf! I can't wait to make this!

Cathy said...

You'll love it, Arlene. It isn't bad.

Christina said...

Oh, Cathy. This post cracks me up. I'll have to share it with Jim Bob- I'm sure he'll get quite a chuckle as well. And ketchup is Jim Bob's complaint about meatloaf, hence the reason that he loves yours. And, just for the record, I thought you'd already posted this recipe and tried to search through your archives within the past few weeks so I could make it for dinner. Now I know that it was indeed not posted yet, but here it is in all its meatloaf glory so I can make it and Jim Bob can make comments about amazingness all over again.

Cathy said...

I am anxiously awaiting Jim Bob's comments of amazingness.

Ella said...

That's funny. You and I must both be fans of AllRecipes because this is the meatloaf I make too. But I must admit. I love ketchup.

Cathy said...

Ketchup? Blech. Try using barbecue sauce next time, Ella. I think you'll like it. And yes, I'm a big AR fan!

Jim Bob said...

jim bob wonders how his wife hid the brownies and suggests she allow him to pick some up at the store.....

Cathy said...

I'm wondering why your wife would hide brownies from you, Jim Bob. She's sneaky.