Best Ever Meatloaf

I'm still in full-blown comfort food mode over here. The pile of snow outside my house continues to grow. I can barely see the road when I look out the window. Spring seems like a million years away. So I continue to find solace in food. Chicken pot pie, breakfast casserole, chili and now delicious meatloaf. The BEST meatloaf! I dug up my mother's handwritten meatloaf recipe from my archives and used it as my guide. She always made the yummiest meatloaf. I don't remember ever eating meatloaf as good as hers. I tweaked her recipe just a teeny bit, added a sauce and just like that the Best Ever Meatloaf was born. If you have qualms about meatloaf at all, the name or the taste, I ask that you set them aside. This recipe will not disappoint!

In a large bowl, combine the following:

Mix everything together with your hands until thoroughly combined. You might want to remove your rings first to avoid having beef-filled jewelry.

Pour the mixture into the prepared pan and spread evenly.

This is a very important side note! Place the pan on a rimmed baking sheet before putting it into the oven. Meat juices will be bubbling over the edge and I don't want you to burn your house down while making meatloaf.

Bake in the preheated oven for 1 1/2 hours.

In a small bowl, combine the following:

Mix well. Spread half of the mixture evenly over the meatloaf halfway through baking.

Reserve the remainder of the sauce for dipping or drizzling.

Let the meatloaf sit for 15 minutes before slicing and serving! Yum!

My only problem now is that I can't decide which comfort food to make next!

Best Ever Meatloaf

This is my Mother's amazing recipe, with a touch of delish sauce!

Contributed by Megan Porta from pipandebby.com.

Published Feb 22, 2014

Serves: 6-8

Total time: 2 hrs

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Ingredients:

  • 2 pounds ground beef
  • 1 cup crushed Ritz crackers
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 1/3 cup onion, finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 3/4 cup ketchup
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup apricot preserves
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
Instructions:
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Coat a 5x9 loaf pan with cooking spray and set aside. In a large bowl, combine the ground beef, crackers, egg, milk, ½ cup ketchup, onion, salt, pepper and garlic powder. Mix together with your hands until thoroughly combined.
  2. Pour the mixture into the prepared pan and spread evenly. Place the pan on a rimmed baking sheet and bake in the preheated oven for 1 ½ hours.
  3. In a small bowl, combine ¾ cup ketchup, brown sugar, apricot preserves and Worcestershire sauce. Mix well. Spread half of the mixture evenly over the meatloaf halfway through baking. Reserve the remainder of the sauce for dipping/topping. Let meatloaf sit for 15 minutes before slicing and serving.