But being the flavour junkie that I am, I decided to play around with it and have come up with a new recipe that is simply magical.
Or as magical as a meatloaf can be.
But don't just listen to me... my seventeen year old son TH was licking his plate after this one exclaiming "That's some kind of good meatloaf!" Which is high praise coming from a kid who could subsist indefinately on weiners and beans.
The only downside is there were no leftovers for meatloaf sandwiches because the entire thing was polished off. So for posterity (and my ability to recreate this at a later date) I'm sharing the recipe here.
You will need:
- 2 lbs ground beef
- 1 onion, finely diced
- 3 cloves minced garlic
- 3 large garlic dill pickles, diced
- 1 cup canned diced tomatoes
- 1 tsp pesto sauce
- 1/2 tsp hot sauce (I like to use Asian chili and garlic sauce but regular hot sauce will do)
- 1 beaten egg
- 1 cup Quaker oats
- 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese
- 1/4 cup ketchup
- 1 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp pepper
- Mix above ingredients together in a large bowl
2. When well incorporated, press into a loaf pan that has been sprayed with PAM cooking spray and poke holes into the top of the loaf using the end of a wooden spoon.
3. Make the Glaze
In a medium bowl stir together:
- 1/2 cup ketchup
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
- 3-5 shakes hot sauce
4. Pour the glaze over the meatloaf and leave in fridge at least one hour. Can be made ahead at this point, covered well, and frozen.
5. If cooking from frozen, thaw completely before baking.
6. Bake covered in a 350 oven for 60 minutes with a drip pan underneath.Remove cover and bake for an additional 30 minutes. Remove from oven, cover with tin foil and let rest for 30 minutes.
There will be a lot of juice in the pan. After the 30 minute resting time, the meatloaf will easily slide from the pan onto a plate.
Slice and serve with mashed potatoes and veggies.
For extra flavour, spoon the sauce from the pan over the meatloaf.
Old fashioned meatloaf served on vintage plates...
It's everyday magic the entire family will love!
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Lyndsay Wells is a professional trainer, writer, and program developer with a passion for food and cooking. She is an award winning recipe developer, and a website ambassador for Kraft Foods Canada. Lyndsay believes cooking should be approachable and easy and has great tips and ideas for putting together sophisticated looking dishes that cooks of all levels can accomplish.
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