Prep 15 mins
Cook 1 hr 15 mins
As easy gourmet topping is offered as well as a simple one. Leftovers make great sandwiches the next day. Don't let the ingredient list sway you as it goes together rather quickly. I found this recipe on an Italian restaurant website I found a while back, but the name didn't print and I can't remember. I'm over 50, it happens to the best of us!
- 1 tablespoon oregano
- 1 tablespoon dry mustard
- 1 tablespoon thyme
- 1 tablespoon garlic powder
- 1 tablespoon onion powder
- 1 tablespoon basil
- 1 tablespoon black pepper, freshly ground
- 2 lbs lean ground beef (or turkey)
- 1 (14 ounce) can diced tomatoes (or equivalent good tomato pasta sauce)
- 2 eggs, beaten
- 1 onion, diced
- 3 slices bread, crumbled. (I use Italian bread crumbs usually. You can also use left over homemade Italian croutons, and crush)
- 1⁄4 cup ketchup (or chili sauce for more zing)
- 1 -2 tablespoon horseradish
- 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
- 1 -2 dash Tabasco sauce
- 3 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
- 1⁄4 cup pasta sauce (a good tomato based)
- 1⁄4 cup chili sauce
- 1⁄3 cup cheddar cheese (or any of your favorite Italian cheeses)
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
- 1⁄4 cup brandy
- Prehat over to 350 degrees.
- Mix the first 7 ingredients together in a large bowl.
- Mix all of the ingredients, except the last 3 which is for the topping.
- Then, place the mixture into a large bread pan or baking dish of your choice and spread it evenly.
- Bake for about 1 hour, then drain off the excess liquid and "ice" it with the topping.
- The last few minutes of baking, mix 1/4 cup tomato sauce with with 1/3 chili sauce.
- Remove meatloaf from oven, drain of excess fat and spread with tomato topping.
- Sprinkle cheese over the top of tomato topping.
- Return to oven and bake another 15 minutes.
- OPTIONAL- For a Gourmet Topping, in a small sauce pan, except for the cheese, mix the last 5 ingredients and cook down until paste consistency and then spread on loaf and top with cheese -- an intensified touch to the meatloaf.