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Author Notes: All week I thought about fun creative twists I could put into a meatloaf... then I came down with a bad cold, and all I could think about was the comforting meatloaf my mom made when I was a kid. Apparently she made a few versions, but all I can remember is her sweet meatloaf, which she said she made more often since the sweet ketchupy sauce ensured her little sweet-tooths would actually eat it! Even though my palate has matured, Mel's Sweetloaf is just as delicious and comforting as I remebered... not to mention simple! —Loves Food Loves to Eat
- 1.5 pounds ground beef
- 3/4 cup diced onion
- 1 cup bread crumbs ( I use seasoned)
- 1 egg- beaten
- 1/2 cup ketchup
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 2 teaspoons lemon juice
- 1/2 teaspoon Hungarian (sweet) paprika
- 1 teaspoon dried mustard powder
- salt and pepper to taste
- Preheat oven to 350.
- Combine meat, onions, crumbs, and egg- mix well ( I use my hands).
- In a separate bowl, whisk to combine ketchup, brown sugar, lemon juice, paprika, dry mustard, and salt and pepper (taste to adjust).
- Add half of ketchup mixture to meat and mix in, reserve other half, set aside.
- Put meat into ungreased loaf pan, and tuck down to form solid loaf.
- Bake for 1 hour. Remove loaf from oven, and pour off juices. Coat top with remaining ketchup mix, and bake for another 15-20 minutes.
- Enjoy with classic mashed potatoes and spinach bacon salad!
- This recipe was entered in the contest for The Best Recipe or Technique Your Mother Taught You
- This recipe was entered in the contest for Your Best Meatloaf