Thursday, August 16, 2012

Sweet 'n' Sour Meatloaf

Most people don't like meatloaf, until they try this recipe!  This is a recipe that my mom made for us when we were kids and through the years I've made it so many times I don't even have to look at the recipe.  The sweetness from the brown sugar and the sour of the vinegar just gives the topping a great taste and really finish off the meatloaf.  Enjoy!

2 lbs. ground beef
1 cup plain bread crumbs
2 eggs
15 oz. can tomato sauce (divided in half)
2 tbsp. brown sugar
2 tbsp. vinegar
1/2 cup sugar
2 tbsp. yellow mustard

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Combine beef, bread crumbs, eggs and half a can of tomato sauce in large bowl.  Season with salt, pepper, minced garlic, minced onion, garlic powder and oregano (7-8 shakes of each).  Mix well with hands or you can put it into a mixer if handling raw meat freaks you out.  Put into either a large loaf pan or I use a glass 8x11 baking dish.  Push meat mixture into the dish until it's level.  Put in your 350 degree oven and let it cook for about 45 minutes.  When you get down to the last 5 minutes, put the other half of the tomato sauce, the sugars, vinegar and mustard into a small saucepan and heat until mixture comes to a bubble.  Immediately remove from stove and your meatloaf should be done now.  Take the meatloaf out of the oven and take a fork and poke several holes all throughout the meatloaf.  Next, pour the tomato sauce mixture all over the top of the meatloaf.  Place meatloaf back into the over for another 10 minutes.  Let stand for at least 5 minutes after done baking, it'll stay together better when you cut it.  Cut into slices (or squares) and spoon sauce from the pan over the top. 

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