NOT Your Mother's Meat Loaf

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I haven't done a favorite recipe post in a while so I decided to do one for you all today. I've actually fixed this meatloaf a few times over the last Summer for my sister and brother-in-law and a couple times this year for the hubby. Everyone says they love it (I'm assuming they're not just lying to me to make me feel good) so I thought I'd share it with you.

So, the first time I came across this recipe, I was kind of reluctant to try it. I've had meatloaf once or twice that was actually pretty good (once, when my cousin made it when she visited us in Arizona) but too many times to count where it was... awful. But we were kind of in a food rut (you know, pasta or veggie burgers every other night) and something had to give so I gave it a shot. I made a few key changes because, as previously mentioned, the hubby and I like a little more flavor than most.

Number one, I used flavored saltines instead of plain ones. I found these Rosemary & Olive Oil ones in Walmart for around three bucks.

Tossed them into my food processor with everything and went to town. Number two, I put the ketchup and brown sugar on TOP of the loaf instead of in the bottom. Read that advice in the comments and I had to agree. I just couldn't see being able to get all of that flavor by sticking everything in the bottom. Also note: in case you're a super novice cook like me and wondering if you HAVE to use the specified Dutch oven or 7x9 dish or whatever. NOPE. I used my old faithful Rachel Ray casserole dish and everything turned out just fine. Better than fine, actually. It was perfectly moist and perfectly seasoned. I think the last time I cooked this dish, we added baked sweet potato, and steamed mixed veggies.
By the way, I totally switched up the order. You're supposed to do ketchup first and THEN the brown sugar!

What's your favorite way to cook meatloaf? Tell me below!

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  1. I have a recipe for mine in my blog in one of my first posts! Never thought about using a casserole dish though...gotta try that!

  2. I'll have to check it out and try it next time I fix meatloaf(:


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