I absolutely love meatloaf but there’s just me here!
Plus, to me, the best part is the topping sauce…and if you slice the meatloaf in the traditional way, you only get a little topping…
These are freezable and the topping sauce holds together in the microwave!
Also these take only a short time to cook, rather than the 45+ minutes it takes to cook a traditional loaf…
Hope you like them!
- 1 lb 80% or better ground beef
- 1 slice bread (I prefer white but really any works)
- 1 large egg, not beaten
- 1 tblsp onion powder
- 1/2 tsp garlic powder
- 1 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp black pepper
- 1 tblsp Worcestershire sauce
- OPTIONAL 1 crushed beef bouillon cube
- OPTIONAL 1 large slice yellow onion, minced
- 1/2 C shredded cheese
- 1 C packed brown sugar
- 1/2 C ketchup
- 1 tsp mustard
- 4 tblsp milk
Tear bread into small pieces, add milk and let sit while you continue…also preheat oven to 350 and grease the top of a broiler rack
Prepare the meat: in a big bowl, break up and spread the ground beef
Spread the onion powder, garlic powder, salt, pepper and Worcestershire sauce (and if you’re using the bouillon and onions, add those) over the meat –don’t mix yet!
Break the egg in then add the wet bread pieces, any milk too
Using a chopping motion with your hand, combine everything –don’t squish the meat through your fingers, it’ll make the loaf tough
Now add the cheese and make sure it’s all combined -the mixture should be pretty wet and almost loose
Using a 3 inch scoop, form the ball into a patty 3 inches long and 1 inch thick…place on greased broiler rack…you should get 8 pieces
Now for the topping…in a medium bowl, combine the brown sugar, ketchup and mustard, stir well to remove lumps if any
Spread over the patties, covering the sides too
I like to put a little water in the bottom part of the broiler rack, it makes cleanup easier…or I suppose you could use foil…
Bake at 350 for 25 minutes
Serve with salad, potatoes, pasta..whatever you like!
If you’re going to freeze any leftovers, make sure the patties are room temperature before packing and freezing
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