Well it has started…winter.
It’s getting quite cold in my neck of the woods – it’s windy, snowy and freezing. Do you like the winter? I like certain aspects of it…Christmas, hot chocolate, boots, and big sweaters. I am not really interested in being outside during the winter, but guess who is? Izzy Bear! I wasn’t quite sure what she would think, but after she stuck her entire head in the snow and would not come inside even after I said treat, I think she thinks it’s pretty fun. 😉
One more thing I love about Winter is the food, comfort food that is. Like meatloaf. It’s easy, very flavorful and so good as left overs.
You can use different types of meat like pork, lamb, beef or a mixture of them, but I always use ground beef. Flavor the meat with your favorite herbs and spices. For me, that’s parsley, basil, oregano, salt and pepper.
Now to my favorite part of this recipe – the sauce. It’s sticky, sweet and a slightly tangy. I make extra because I always want extra. As the sauce heats through, the brown sugar starts to caramelize and develops a thick layer of gooeyness that compliments the meat so well. Best part about it? Three ingredients, THREE! I bet it would be just as good on a cheeseburger or wings or a nice dipping sauce for chicken fingers…just saying.
Dig in and make extra sauce!
- 2 eggs, beaten
- ¾ cup milk
- 1 cup oatmeal
- ¼ cup finely chopped onion
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 2 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon dried basil
- ½ teaspoon oregano
- ⅛ teaspoon black pepper
- 1½ pounds ground beef
- ½ cup ketchup
- 4 tablespoons packed brown sugar
- 2 teaspoons dry mustard
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- In a medium bowl combine eggs and milk; stir in oatmeal, onion, garlic, parsley, basil, oregano, salt and pepper. Add ground beef; mix lightly. Lightly pat mixture into an 8x4x2-inch loaf pan.
- Bake for 1 to 1 hour and 20 minutes or until internal temperature registers 160 degrees. Spoon off fat. In a bowl combine ketchup, sugar, and mustard; spread over meat. Bake for 10 minutes more. Let stand for 10 minutes before cutting into eight slices.
Source: Stuck on Sweet, Slightly Adapted from Better Homes and Gardens