Tried and True, this recipe was passed down to me from my maternal Grandmother. It is the meatloaf that she used to serve for Sunday dinner and has been a favorite of our family for as long as I can remember! Grandma always served it with scalloped potatoes and creamed corn. Try it with your favorite salad and vegetable side dishes."This is a very flavorful "old fashioned" meatloaf. Really light and super moist. I am trying out lots of meatloaf recipes as my new son in law doesnt care for my recipe and my daughter is looking for a new one. This will definately satisfy EVERYONE. Old fashioned, but very good. The red sauce is not ketchupy, but instead has a great sweet flavor. It baked and came to temperature in only one hour in my oven. The only thing I changed was to add a bit more flavor to the meat, garlic and onion powder. other than that. Perfect!!" - niceNspicy
Yield: 8 Ready in 45 minutes
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|1/4 cupChili sauce or ketchup|
|2 tablespoonsApple cider vinegar|
|1 dashWorcestershire sauce|
|1 dashHot pepper sauce|
|2 tablespoonsBrown sugar|
|2 tablespoonsolive oil|
|1/2 largeOnion; finely chopped (about 1 cup)|
|1 can (6 oz)Tomato paste|
|2 teaspoonsWorcestershire sauce|
|1/3 cupMilk; (scant)|
|2 poundsGround beef; (preferably 85 percent lean ground chuck)|
|2 largeEggs,; lightly beaten|
|16 Saltine crackers; finely crushed (about 2/3 cup)|
|1/4 cupfresh parsley; Minced|
|1/2 teaspoonKosher salt; (or, to taste)|
|1/4 teaspoonFresh ground black pepper; (or, to taste)|
Grandma's Meatloaf Preparation
For the glaze:
1) In a small bowl, mix together ketchup, vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, hot pepper sauce and brown sugar. Set aside. (Note: You may double (or more) the glaze, if desired. Also, a second batch of glaze, simmered over medium-low heat until thick and syrupy, about 5 minutes, is good to serve seperately with the meatloaf.)
For the meatloaf:
1) Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
2) In a medium skillet, saute onions in olive oil until just translucent, about 5 minutes. Let cool.
3) In a large bowl, mix together onion, tomato paste, Worcestershire sauce, and milk until well combined.
4) Add ground beef, eggs, crushed crackers, parsley, salt and pepper. Mix with fork until evenly blended and mixture doesn''t stick to the bowl. If it sticks add more milk. (Note: Handle meat gently; it should be thoroughly combined but not made into a mushy paste.)
5) With wet hands, pat mixture into a greased 9- by 5- by 3-inch loaf pan. Line loaf pan with parchment paper or foil for easy clean up, if desired
6) Brush with glaze, if desired.
7) Place in center of preheated oven and bake, uncovered, until cooked through and a thermometer inserted into center registers 160 degrees F, about 1 1/4 to 1 1/2 hours.
8) Drain any excess fat, and allow to rest for 10 to 15 minutes before serving.
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