I have been a meatloaf fan most of my life. I can't say I remember exactly what my moms recipe was like but over the years I have adapted and just loved it (even won an office meatloaf contest - 15 years ago! ha!)
I have been making a recipe (****adapted****) from Bon Appetit Sept 2008 (Chef Andrew Weissman - Restaurant Le Reve, San Antonio) and it's always amazing. I went by the exact recipe for the first while but adapted to my tastes. It is sooo good.
So, I am making it tonight and thought you would love it - even if you DON'T LOVE meatloaf give it a try...... cause my hubby hated meatloaf before this recipe - always said it was white trash! NO MORE!
Total Time: 90min Active Time: 1/2 hour Number Serves: 8 Equipment: Big Bowl, Grater, Knife, and if you want a bread pan
2 pounds ground (Angus) Beef
1 cup fresh breadcrumbs (from crustless french bread ground in processor) - **** I use 3ish slices white bread soaked in milk****
3 large eggs
1 cup coarsely grated onion ****I finely chop mine****
3/4 cup grated carrot
1/2 cup ketchup
4 tbsp hoisin sauce
3 cloves garlic, minced ****I use usually 4-5****
1 tsp hot chili paste (such as sambal oelek) or chili-garlic sauce ****I usually use 2 tsp****
1 tsp salt
1 tsp freshly ground pepper
Mix all ingredients and put into 9x5x3 inch metal loaf pan for about 1 hour 15 minutes (160F).
**** I don't put mine in a pan, just mold onto cookie sheet lined with tinfoil****
Topping ****I double the topping if not using pan****:
1/4 cup ketchup
2 tbsp hoisin
Mix & add on top after approx 75 minutes (15 minutes before done)
****I add prepared mustard and brown sugar to taste -- like mom****
See Above & ENJOY!!!!!!!!!!