Here at Mama Jess, we think that meatloaf gets a bad rep. It is stereotyped for being children’s least favorite food (along with Brussels sprouts which is mind boggling) and its name does nothing to convey the delicious entrée that it is. What you hear is a loaf of meat but what you get is so much more! Which is why, today, I am posting my mom’s Almost-Famous Meatloaf recipe. Classic, delicious, and very easy to make. Disclosure: the other problem with meatloaf is that it is not very pretty to photograph…
First things first preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. Then, in a large bowl, add the eggs, milk, and breadcrumbs, stirring with a fork to combine. I let this mixture sit for a few minutes while I prepared everything else. Then, you just throw all of the other meatloaf ingredients into the bowl. My mom told me, “You can’t mess up meatloaf”, but I was worried I would prove her wrong (I did not!). Now, mix that meatloaf up. I also gave it a little kick with a few tablespoons of chili powder and red cayenne pepper. I’ve had a huge thing for cayenne pepper lately, I can’t get enough!
After everything has been combined, turn it out onto a tin foil lined baking sheet forming it into an 8×4 loaf. The reason why I did not put this in a loaf pan is because you need somewhere for the juices to flow. If they just stay in the bottom of the loaf pan, the meatloaf will be soggy, rather than juicy. Juicy is the goal here.
While you’re baking the meatloaf for 1 hour, make the ketchup sauce with your Mama Jess Garden Organic Ketchup, chili powder, and red cayenne pepper (see? I’m obsessed). After an hour of baking, take the meatloaf out and smother it in the Mama Jess ketchup sauce. Then, bake for another 15-20 minutes or until the temperature in the middle of the loaf has reached 160 degrees F.
The final step that you don’t want to miss: let the meatloaf rest for about 15 minutes while cooling. This will allow the juices to settle and give you that delicious, juicy meatloaf that you are looking for.
Serve it with some roasted veggies or on a sandwich, you can’t go wrong either way! And the best part? The leftovers are delicious!
Enjoy the holiday weekend!
Xoxo, Claire and the Mamas at Mama Jess