Magical Hour Meatloaf – This recipe makes a very simple and delicious meatloaf that everyone is sure to enjoy. It is truly Magical.
I totally prefer sunset to sunrise.
I have never really been a morning person. That could largely be due to the fact that I am a night owl by nature and tend to stay up late which makes it very difficult for me to wake up early in the morning and get going. Yes I am that person at work who is grumpy until after 9:00 A.M. or I have ingested at least two cups of coffee. Knowing this about myself I try to keep my conversations with others to a minimum because I truly cannot be held liable for the words I speak before I am fully awake and ready for the day.
Sunrise has its advantages because it is the beginning of a new day full of new possibilities and the fact that you even wake up in the morning is a wondrous blessing that is unfortunately not given to everyone. So for that reason alone sunrise is a good thing.
But sunset…sunset is the magic hour. No seriously it is the magic/golden hour for photography, it is that time when the lighting is softer and everything looks so flattering and shiny. If you have ever taken the time to stop and enjoy a beautiful sunset, which is vibrant and a time when the sky is full of so many beautiful colors, then you already know why I prefer sunset.
Sunset marks the closing of the day and the time when night begins to set in and if you work during the day, then it is also the time in which you return home to you little haven and family.
It is the time in which you also make decisions about what you will have for dinner. Tonight I decided that I would make a meatloaf for my little crew and pair it with what else but some creamy mashed potatoes, and chopped steamed broccoli. Meatloaf is one of those food items that may not have the best reputation and that is probably due to its name …’meatloaf’. But please don’t let that stop you, this can actually be quite delicious and a very filling menu item; not to mention great for leftover sandwiches.
My advice…instead of using breadcrumbs in your meatloaf, give sliced bread a try and I promise you it will totally change all of the negative feelings that you may have about meatloaf.
Magical Hour Meatloaf Ingredients:
- 1 cup milk
- 6 slices sandwich bread
- 1 pound ground beef
- 1 pound ground pork
- 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese
- 1 green bell pepper, diced
- 1 small onion, diced
- 1/4 teaspoon seasoned salt
- 3/4 teaspoons salt
- black pepper to taste
- 1/3 cup minced (flat-leaf) parsley
- 4 eggs, beaten
- 1-1/2 cup ketchup
- 1/3 cup brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon dry mustard
- splash of sriracha or hot sauce
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Place the bread slices in a large bowl and pour milk over them. Allow it to soak in for several minutes.
Place the ground beef, ground pork, milk-soaked bread, Parmesan, onion, bell pepper, seasoned salt, salt, black pepper, and parsley in a large mixing bowl. Pour in beaten eggs. With clean hands, mix the ingredients until well combined.
Form the mixture into a loaf shape on a broiler pan, which will allow the fat to drain. (Line the bottom of the pan with foil to avoid a big mess!)
Make the sauce: add ketchup, brown sugar, mustard, and hot sauce in a mixing bowl. Stir together. Pour 1/3 of the mixture over the uncooked meatloaf. Spread with a spoon.
Bake for 45 minutes, then pour another 1/3 of the sauce over the top.
Bake for another 15 minutes. Slice and serve with remaining sauce.
Serve with mashed potatoes and chopped broccoli for a complete meal.
*Recipe adapted from The Pioneer Woman