Meatloaf has a certain nostalgia about it. It isn’t the most visually appealing dish but somehow it has clung on as one of the top “American Comfort Food Favorites”. You walk into any American diner and you’ll see the ubiquitous meatloaf of the menu. This recipe for Brown Sugar Meatloaf is a twist on an old American classic.
I have not always been a member of the Meatloaf Fan Club. In fact, I distinctly remember dousing my meatloaf in so much ketchup as to render it practically indistinguishable from a hamburger. There was just something about meat in a loaf form that gave me the creeps. It’s inexplicable.
I always ask my fiancé if there is anything he wants for dinner in the upcoming week and he usually responds with indifference, but several years ago he requested meatloaf. How could I deny his one request? I did some extensive research and came across a recipe for Brown Sugar Meatloaf. It was so good that it has been a regular ever since! It’s easy and it’s sure to be a hit!
You will LOVE this spin on traditional meatloaf! A brown sugar sauce is baked on top to keep the loaf super moist and extra delicious! I love to serve it with mashed potatoes and extra sauce on the side!!!
Lindsey’s Secret Ingredient: chopped fresh rosemary for serving. It’s not necessary but it takes the dish to a whole other level!
Preheat oven to 350°.
Mix together brown sugar, ketchup and Worcestershire sauce in small saucepan. I double this sauce, so that there is extra for serving. Trust me, you’ll want to too.
In a mixing bowl mix all remaining ingredients through crackers.
Shape into a loaf and place in a 9” x 9” pan. You can make it in a loaf pan but the larger pan allows the fat to drain away from the loaf.
Spread enough of the ketchup mixture on the top to generously cover the loaf. Allow it to drop down the sides. It will help keep the meat moist and add tremendous flavor.
Bake in preheated oven for 1 hour or until juices are clear. I like to use a miniature meat thermometer, because I find judging whether or not the juices are clear incredibly stressful.
While the meat cooks bring the extra sauce to a boil and then simmer on low. Serve over mashed potatoes (obligatory, no?), drizzle with extra sauce and sprinkle with chopped, fresh rosemary to taste. Ah-mazing. Told you so.