Somehow, in the last eight years we’ve been together, I had never gotten around to making a meatloaf for Southern Honey until this week. I’m not really sure how that happened or why I’ve been avoiding what tends to be a really common dinner dish, but I’m working on remedying the problem now. And it really was a problem, because I didn’t have a recipe!
Normally when that happens, I just find one that looks decent online somewhere and give it a shot, but this time I was feeling adventurous. I decided I had a pretty good idea of what normally goes into a meatloaf, so why not make the rest of it up on my own?
Since I almost never do something like this without some kind of baseline, I was thoroughly surprised and pleased to find Southern Honey going back for seconds and asking that this be made more often. I do think I’ll modify the recipe a bit in the future, but I was really pleased with how the meatloaf turned out for a first try.
Homestyle Meatloaf (a Southern Sugar original, but not like Mama used to make)
1 lb ground beef
1/2 large onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, smashed
1/2 c bread crumbs
1/4 tsp ground red pepper
2 Tbsp Worchestershire sauce
1 1/2 Tbsp ketchup
1 Tbsp Worchestershire sauce
3 Tbsp ketchup
Preheat oven to 375*. Combine all the meatloaf ingredients in a medium bowl and integrate thoroughly , which will probably be easiest to do by hand. Spray a loaf pan with non-stick spray and mound the meatloaf in the pan. Bake for 45 minutes.
In a small bowl, combine the topping ingredients and mix thoroughly. After 45 minutes, remove the meatloaf from the oven and spread the topping along the top. Place back into the oven and turn on the broiler. Broil for 3-5 minutes or until topping starts to glaze over.