This is by far one of my most favorite meals to make. It’s also one of my father-in-law’s favorite meals to eat when he comes over for a visit. It is also the only meatloaf every made that my honey hasn’t used ketchup on. I love to make this recipe in the winter when it’s cold as all heck outside and my family is craving comfort food. Add real (not from a box or package) whipped mashed potatoes and you have a complete meal!
- 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
- 1/2 cup ketchup
- 1/2 pound lean ground beef
- 1 pound meatloaf mix or veal if your store does not carry the mix
- 3/4 cup milk
- 2 eggs
- 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
- 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
- 1 small onion, chopped
- 1 green bell pepper, chopped
- 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
- 3/4 cup bread crumbs
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Lightly grease a 5×9 inch loaf pan.
- In a skillet on the stove place a few drops of olive oil and heat over medium heat. Add onion and bell pepper and cook until soft.
- While onions and peppers are cooking, press the brown sugar in the bottom of the prepared loaf pan and spread the ketchup over the sugar.
- In a mixing bowl, mix thoroughly all remaining ingredients plus cooked peppers and onions and shape into a loaf. Place on top of the ketchup.
- Bake in preheated oven for 1 hour or until juices are clear.
Serving suggestions: Serve with real mashed potatoes (I use the meatloaf drippings to make a gravy) and green beans.