Thursday, August 27, 2009


I have to share a recipe.

And I know what you're thinking right now. The exact same thing I would be thinking if someone had a blog post titled with the word "meatloaf:" Yuck. (I actually tried to think of a different name for it, but I'm not creative enough.)

Yeah, meatloaf has never been up there on my list of foods I like. Just the name itself sounds bad. But when I was starving at a preschool potluck gathering last year I tried some. It smelled so good I couldn't resist. AND, it had the recipe all typed up sitting right by it. Had to eat it. Had to get the recipe. It was delicious.

So, the other day I was going through my recipes trying to figure out dinner, I found this one stuffed somewhere in the wrong section. I had to make it. And we devoured it. (Thank you to whoever the McDaniel Family is who brought this tasty little number to the potluck!)

So, here it is...happy meatloaf eating!

Brown Sugar Meatloaf

1 c. brown sugar
1 c. ketchup
3 tbs. Worcestershire
1 1/2 pounds lean ground beef
1/2 c. milk
3/4 c. finely crushed saltine cracker crumbs
2 eggs
1 1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. ground black pepper
1/4 tsp ground ginger
1 envelope onion soup mix
garlic for taste


Preheat oven to 350. Lightly grease a 9x5 inch loaf pan.

Mix brown sugar, ketchup, and 2 tbs. Worcestershire sauce in a separate, small mixing bowl.

Pour half of the brown sugar and ketchup mix into the bottom of the loaf pan.

In a large mixing bowl, mix remaining ingredients and shape into a loaf. Place on top of the brown sugar/ketchup mixture

Pour the remaining brown sugar and ketchup mix on top of the loaf.

Bake in preheated oven for 1 hour or until juices are clear.

So, there you go. Take it or leave it. It is meatloaf. But man, it's good.


  1. cool! Dinner tonight with corn on the cob! Thanks Shawni!

  2. I love this recipe! I've been making it for a while. It's the only meatloaf I eat. I substitute bbq sauce for the ketchup. Even better! Try it next time.

  3. My mom makes this same recipe. I will agree that is is pretty darn good! I will have to try it on my kids!

  4. Okay, truth be told. I LOVE meatloaf. And so do my kids. Even my husband, the king of gourmet, likes it. He even slices the leftover loaf the next day and eats it on a kosher roll for lunch. Sounds gross but it's good!

  5. Wow... a cup of sugar to 1 1/2 pounds of meat? No wonder you like it -- it's practically meatloaf CANDY! :)

  6. We love that recipe. To make it even better you can put them in muffin tins, add a bit of shredded cheddar on top of each one and a dollop of ketchup. There you have them, mini cheeseburgers....(there's the better name...cheeseburgers:))

  7. At our house, we all adore meatloaf and as leftovers... meatloaf sandwiches on sourdough with a ton of chopped basil in mayo as a spread.... delish!

  8. We......umm, how do I put this nicely, raise our own "hamburger "and have one cow who (unbeknownst to him) is about ready to join the freezer. So I'm always looking for new ways to use beef. As a family, we much prefer chicken or why aren't we raising them?...

    I think I'll give this one a try on Sunday. Thanks for sharing.

  9. Just went on the oven. Thanks for sharing!


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