Last week I was striving for something new in the comfort food department while putting together our grocery list when my mom reminded me of my dad’s meatloaf. He would make it when my mom was busy taking care of one of the thousand things she managed to do when we were kids and we always loved it! He would bake it on a cookie sheet rather than in a loaf pan, which resulted in this delicious “crust.” Give it a try – you might just be surprised by this blast from the past!
(makes enough for dinner and sandwiches for lunch the next day)
5 slices white bread, turned into crumbs in the food processor
2 1/2 lbs ground beef (you can use half beef and half pork or veal as a variation)
1 yellow onion, finely diced
2 cloves garlic
2 stalks celery, finely diced
2 carrots, finely diced
1 large egg
1 cup ketchup
2 tsp dry mustard
1 tbsp coarse salt
2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
2 tbsp brown sugar
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
In a medium bowl combine bread crumbs and ground beef. Add celery, carrots, onion and garlic. Mix with hands thoroughly.
Add egg, half of ketchup, dry mustard, salt, and pepper; use hands to combine thoroughly.
Form a log about 4-inches wide on a baking sheet.
Combine remaining 1/2 cup ketchup and brown sugar in a bowl – mix well. Brush mixture over meatloaf then bake until a meat thermometer reads 160 degrees (about an hour).