Two weeks ago on the way home from church, Greg said to me, “You know what I’ve been having a hankering for recently? Meatloaf. I’d really like it if you made some sometime.” Meatloaf was one of my favorite meals as a kid, especially when it was served with a side of macaroni and cheese, but for some reason, I’ve never made a traditional meatloaf myself as an adult. When Greg made his meatloaf request, I was immediately reminded of this recipe I had seen on another blog several years ago. I’d never tried meatloaf with bacon on it before, but bacon makes everything even better than it is on its own, so I thought I’d give this version a try.
I think our favorite part of this meatloaf is the ketchup glaze that’s spread on top of the meatloaf and served alongside. It’s super simple–just ketchup, brown sugar and vinegar. We both decided that the touch of extra sugar and vinegar brings out the ketchupiness of ketchup, and makes it taste like a much fancier sauce. It’s so good I think I may just have to make some the next time I want ketchup for burgers and hot dogs.
Just as a side note, I didn’t follow the recipe below exactly. I used just ground beef and pork because I don’t eat veal. The meatloaf was still nice and moist with lots of flavor, so you can use any combination of ground meats you prefer.