I've never been a fan of meatloaf, so when my Dad requested that I cook him some, I dreaded it. Dry meatloaf with ketchup on top. One word comes to mind: GROSS!!! So I went on a quest to find the best meatloaf recipe out there, no ketchup necessary. I came across this recipe, tweaked it a little bit, and whalah!!!! The best Meatloaf you will ever eat. It is soooooo good! I've cooked it a few times now and the entire family LOVES it. The last time I cooked it, I cooked a 7 lb. meatloaf and it was gone within a couple days. Even a picky 18 year old said it was good. So, I wanted to share the recipe with y'all!!! I know everyone doesn't want a 5+ lb meatloaf, so I'm giving you a recipe for a small loaf. If you want a lot of it (and you probably will!!!), just double, triple, quadruple the recipe!!
Here's what you will need for a small 1 lb. meatloaf (3-4 servings):
8 green onions (sliced)
1 pepper (chopped)
1 carrot (chopped)
2 eggs (beat) OR 2 slightly beaten egg whites
1 lb. ground beef
1 Tbsp. brown sugar
1/2 cup chili sauce (if you want a little kick, you can use hot asian chili garlic sauce)
2 Tbsp. milk
14 crackers (1/2 cup smashed)
1 Tbsp basil OR oregano
1/4 tsp. pepper
1 tsp. white distilled vinegar
meatloaf pan (I prefer glass)
Coat a skillet with oil. Add chopped peppers, carrots, and green onions. Cook over medium heat until tender. Remove from heat.
Combine eggs, crackers, milk, 2 Tbsp. chili sauce, basil or oregano, and pepper.
Add cooked vegetables and raw ground beef. Mix together with your hands and mash the mixture down evenly into a meatloaf pan.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees and bake for 30 minutes. While it is cooking, mix up 1/4 cup chili sauce, brown sugar, and vinegar.
Spoon glaze mixture over the meatloaf and bake for an additional 20 minutes.