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Meatloaf Simplified from Lemony Thyme

Moist & Delicious Meatloaf.

Simplify.  This word hangs over my kitchen sink and is more often than not… ignored.  I love the concept of ‘less is more’ I just struggle when it comes to cooking with this in mind.  Having said that, this meatloaf recipe is the perfect example of combining just a few simple ingredients to create magic.  Maybe this should be called Magic Meatloaf.


I’ve come to love this meatloaf with it’s sweet ketchup glaze.  It’s not the kind of meatloaf I grew up with or even have made myself for many years, until now.  It’s texture is light and moist, I attribute that to a cup of crushed crackers.  For me…Ritz crackers.


I have added this meatloaf recipe to my collection of comfort foods.  It’s simplicity and delicious flavor make it a wonderful weeknight dinner.  Yet I also love it as a nice Sunday supper.


Meatloaf {Moist & Delicious & Simply}
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Serves: 6
For meatloaf...
  • 1½ lbs. ground beef
  • 1 egg
  • ½ cup ketchup
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 jalapeno, fine diced
  • 1 Tbl. Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 Tbl. mustard
  • 1 cup crushed cracker crumbs (Ritz are my favorite)
For sweet ketchup glaze...
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 1 tsp. mustard
  • ½ cup warm water
  • ½ cup brown sugar
For meatloaf...
  1. Mix all ingredients and place in a casserole dish. Bake at 350 for 15 minutes, then coat with sweet ketchup glaze. Continue cooking and additional 45 minutes.
For sweet ketchup glaze...
  1. Combine brown sugar and warm water until sugar is dissolved. Add ketchup and mustard and whisk to combine.


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