Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Brown Sugar Meatloaf

I never used to use a recipe for meatloaf. But, one day, I came across this Brown Sugar Meatloaf on Allrecipes and decided to give it a try!

My husband really loved the sweet topping, although I thought it was too sweet, so now I cut back just a spoonful or two on the brown sugar!

The loaf holds together really well (which my non-recipe version never did!) and makes great next-day meatloaf sandwiches!!

I changed some of the original recipe, based on what was in my pantry - bread crumbs instead of crackers and adding a few dashes of Worcestershire sauce to the meat mixture! Also, rather than using a pan, I form my meat into a loaf on a foil-lined baking sheet and spread the ketchup mixture on top.

brown sugar meatloaf

A good meatloaf, served with mashed 'taters, is one of my husband's favorite comfort food meals!


1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup ketchup
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 (I use seasoned bread crumbs)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Lightly grease a 5x9 inch loaf pan.

Press the brown sugar in the bottom of the prepared loaf pan and spread the ketchup over the sugar.

In a mixing bowl, mix thoroughly all remaining ingredients and shape into a loaf. Place on top of the ketchup.

Bake in preheated oven for 1 hour or until juices are clear.

Recommend: YES

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Melissa said...

Sounds pretty good to me, but I can already hear my husband saying, "Don't mess with the meatloaf recipe!" It's one of his favorite comfort meals, too, and he likes it the way I always, always make it. :)

Krista said...

This sounds a lot like my mom's meatloaf recipe. But I think you're right. I believe that hers uses a little less sugar. Still, it looks yummy!

Nancy Irby said...

Have you ever tried it with bbq sauce on the top instead of ketchup. That's how Aaron prefers it...I think. It's been so long since I made meatloaf :-)

theUngourmet said...

I'm always on the hunt for a new and different meatloaf recipe! So, it's not overly sweet with the brown sugar? I'd like to try it out on my family soon. :)

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