Wednesday, 27 March 2013

Easy Saucy Meatloaf

This is the simplest kid-friendly meatloaf I've ever made. I like to cook it divided in two loaf pans to maximize sauce coverage and to cut down on cooking time. Since it uses tomatoes rather than ketchup you can control the level of sweetness. The recipe here comes out quite sweet which is undoubtedly why it is so popular with my littles!

Another reason they like it is because it's a homogeneous brick of loaf. No bits of onion or herb or other non-meaty bits to pick out as my kids tend to do. I like to chop the onion, add it to the canned tomatoes, and then blend it together with a handheld stick blender before adding it into the meat mixture.

Easy Saucy Meatloaf
Inspired by this recipe

  • 1 1/2 to 2 lbs pounds ground beef
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 small onion, chopped *(to hide the onions use a hand blender to puree them into the tomato sauce)
  • 1/2 cup tomato sauce (or pureed canned tomatoes)
  • 1 cup Italian (seasoned) bread crumbs
  • salt and pepper to taste 
  • 1 cup tomato sauce (or pureed canned tomatoes)
  • 2 tablespoons vinegar 
  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard 
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).
  2. In a medium bowl combine the ground meat, egg, onion, 1/2 cup tomato sauce and seasoned bread crumbs. Season with salt and pepper to taste and mix well.
  3. Press mixture into two loaf pans. Make a depression in the center and poke a few holes down the middle to ensure a good sauce coverage.
  4. In a small bowl combine the remaining 1 cup tomato sauce, vinegar, mustard, and brown sugar. Mix together until sugar has dissolved and pour liquid evenly over meatloafs.
  5. Bake in preheated oven for 30-45 minutes until cooked through.