I know that a lot of people have strong feelings about meatloaf…and it is usually disdain. My husband is one of those people. He doesn’t have the fondest memories of eating meatloaf. He thinks of them loaded with things he doesn’t like. I…don’t have those same feelings. Growing up my mom made the BEST meatloaf. She is a really simple eater and always made really simple food. We always looked forward to meatloaf and always gobbled it right up. We’d use the leftovers on sandwiches for lunch the next day.
A New Found Love For Meatloaf
I haven’t made meatloaf much for my family because my husband isn’t a huge fan, but something strange happened. A few months ago I had a beautiful, smiley, chubby, baby boy. During my hospital stay I was served meatloaf. Disgusting right? Nothing can be worse than hospital cafeteria meatloaf!! Wrong! It was Di-vine! I loved it so much that I requested it at my next meal! Crazy, I know! My husband thought I was super-gross, but I didn’t care. I loved that meatloaf!
After I was discharged from the hospital I continued to crave meatloaf. You’d think my weird cravings would go away after having my baby, but they were in full force. Soon after I was home my mom came to help out and I begged her to make, you named it, meatloaf. It was just like I remembered. Moist, flavorful, and simple. And guess what? My husband loved it too, so a week or so after my mom left I made it again.
Redmond Real Salt
One of the prominent seasoning in this recipe is my VERY favorite onion salt made by Redmond Real Salt. I was introduced to Real Salt about a year ago when we attended Pinner’s Conference. I was amazed at the taste and I’ve never looked back. Real Salt is the only brand of sea salt harvested here in the United States – near Redmond, Utah. I’ve found them in most grocery stores, and I promise that not all salt is created equal. Skip that store brand salt – and give Real Salt a try the next time you’re spice shopping.
Customize To Your Liking
Don’t feel like you have to leave this recipe as is. If you like onions, or shredded carrots in your meatloaf – add them in. This recipe is truly the base for a customized meatloaf of your choice. Leave it as is for more of a meatball taste, or toss in the veggies and sneak them to your kids.Serve with mashed potatoes and honey glazed carrots for the perfect home cooked meal. Please please give meatloaf another chance! ;)
- 1 lb ground beef
- 1 egg
- 1 8 oz can tomato sauce divided
- 1/2 sleeve saltine crackers crushed
- onion powder
- Feel free to double
Combine beef, egg, half of the tomato sauce, crackers, and seasoning in a large mixing bowl.
Using clean hands, mix until all ingredients are combined.
If desired, add veggies. Shredded carrot, onion, and celery are nice.
Form into a loaf and place in a grease loaf pan.
Top with remaining tomato sauce.
Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour to 1 hour and 15 minutes.