grandma’s cooking. [meatloaf w. sweet picante sauce]

February 11th, 2011 by | comments


By Grandma

A hearty, home cooked meal is one of my favorites aspects of living at home. It’s definitely something I’m going to miss when I move into my new apartment. One meal in particular that comes to mind is my great, great grandma’s meat loaf recipe. I ask my grandma to cook it every time she visits California, as she makes it better than anyone else.

Although simple and non-labor intensive, I have yet to taste a meat loaf recipe that I’ve enjoyed as much as this one—my favorite part being the sweet picante sauce on top. My grandma typically doubles the sauce because we never feel as though there’s enough. I wouldn’t even mind if she tripled the sauce. It’s that delicious.

I thought it only fitting to feature my grandma’s more than restaurant worthy meat loaf on my website. :)

meatloaf w. sweet picante sauce
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Serves: 4-6
  • Picante sauce recipe:
  • 3 Tbsp. brown sugar
  • ¼ cup ketchup
  • ¼ tsp. nutmeg
  • 1 tsp. dry mustard
  • *We often double the sauce because it's so delicious.
  • Meatloaf recipe:
  • ⅔ cup bread crumbs, dry
  • ¾ cup milk
  • ½ cup ketchup
  • 1½ lbs. ground beef
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • ¼ cup onion, finely grated
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • ⅛ tsp. pepper
  • ½ tsp. sage
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. For the picante sauce:
  3. Whisk all ingredients together in a small bowl. Set aside.
  4. For the meatloaf:
  5. In a large bowl, soak bread crumbs in milk for 10-15 minutes. To the bowl, add ground beef, grated onion, and seasonings. Mix together well with your hands.
  6. Form meat into two individual loaves and place into two greased loaf pans. Cut a few slits into the tops of each meatloaf, then pour sauce over the tops and distribute evenly with a spatula.
  7. Bake meatloaf 45 minutes to 1 hour or until done. Serve hot.

My adorable grandma. :)

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