Tuesday, October 20, 2009

You Can't Burn This

Fall makes me think of raking & burning leaves. My kitchen often has the smell of burning too and it's not limited to Fall. That's just one thing that's great about this recipe - you can't burn it. I racked my brains to come up with the right recipe to share for Linda’s Fall Into Flavor kickoff because I really need the apron she’s giving away. I really didn't want to put my mind on sweets and butter just yet. Because where my mind goes, my mouth is sure to follow. Sometimes my mouth doesn't even wait for my mind. ; )

I used to heartily dislike meatloaf. On the other hand, Builderman, being the meat and potatoes kind of guy that he is, loved it. So I would try to plan it for his dinner when I was going to be gone and just leave it in the crock pot. Then a friend told me about her special sauce that magically transforms meat loaf into something rather tasty. I combined her sauce with my brother-in-law’s meatloaf and voila… this is a very tasty dinner. Since it’s hearty and filling, it seems perfect for fall.

¾ cup milk
2/3 cup crushed saltines
2 eggs
1 ½ lbs ground beef
½ cup chopped onion
Salt & pepper
Dash of sage

½ cup Ketchup
1 Tbsp Sugar
1 Tbsp vinegar
2 Tbsp Worcstershire sauce
1 tsp yellow mustard

Crush crackers and put them in the milk to soften. Mix all ingredients together. I add a generous dollop of the sauce to the meat mixture and form into a crock-pot-shaped loaf. Place in crockpot and cover with sauce. Cook on low all day or on high for 5 hours. Enjoy!

Go on over to Linda's for more yummy recipes and please tell her to rig the contest and pick me. ; ) Just kidding. Kind of.


skoots1mom said...

i can smell this cooking ... this is going to be great, too!

Mocha with Linda said...

I've been wanting a good meatloaf recipe. T his sounds intriguing.

sara said...

We love meatloaf in our house, but I have never made it in the crockpot. I need to try this!!!

Susanne said...

Yum, I never thought to put sage in meatloaf. I'll marking this one down. And your right, the potatoes I posted probably would go nicely!

2nd Cup of Coffee said...

My mom put sage in meatloaf, too. Although I'm not much of a carnivore, sometimes a good meatloaf is just the right comfort food when there's a foot of snow on the ground. Thanks for sharing!

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Merrie said...

I'm with you. My mama butchered a meatloaf at least once a week. I grew gag at just the thought or smell of one. I don't think I ever cooked one.
After we moved out here we found that at every covered dish there was at least one meatloaf. It was their signature and mark on the meal. (In Georgia we always had fried chicken.)
I have learned to eat it. Still not "enjoying" it. But, out of respect and courtesy to our wonderful people, I try to get a little of everything offered... and EAT it...:)

I'll have to try your recipe with the sauce. That is what has been missing!