Sometimes I’m in the mood for a real old-fashioned supper. One that is so good and so comforting. Sweet and sour meatloaf is that kind of meal. Tender slices of ground beef with a sweet and tangy tomato base sauce spooned on top is bursting with flavor. No boring meatloaf with this recipe.
Served on a bed of buttered egg noodles, sweet and sour meatloaf is a lovely entree to serve to guests. Or serve with everyone’s favorite, mashed potatoes. Comfort at its best. If you happen to have leftover’s, make a sandwich with slices of meatloaf. Serve on bread or make a grilled sandwich.
Easy to prepare
In a bowl, combine the ground beef, eggs, salt, pepper, minced onion, tomato sauce and breadcrumbs.
Toss lightly but thoroughly to completely combine. Add the meat mixture to a rectangular baking dish and form into a loaf shape. Place in the oven to bake.
Just before the meatloaf baking time is complete, add the sauce ingredients to a saucepan or microwave-safe bowl. Stir to combine and heat on the stove or in microwave.
Remove the meatloaf from the oven and pour the sauce over the top. Return the meatloaf to the oven and bake an additional 10 minutes.
Remove from oven and allow the meatloaf to rest 10 minutes before slicing. Spoon or pour the sauce from the pan into a pitcher and serve on the side.
Sweet and Sour Meatloaf Recipe
1 1/2 pounds ground beef (I use 85% otherwise it is too greasy)
1 cup dry bread crumbs
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 teaspoon dried minced onion
1 (15 ounce) can tomato sauce, divided
2 tablespoons brown sugar
2 tablespoons vinegar (regular or cider. we prefer regular)
1/2 cup white sugar
2 teaspoons prepared mustard
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Mix together beef, bread crumbs, salt, pepper and eggs (use a large meat fork and toss thoroughly but lightly)
Add onion and one-half of tomato sauce. Add mixture to a 9-inch by 13-inch rectangular baking dish.
Bake at 350 degrees for 50 minutes.
In saucepan, combine topping ingredients; heat to boiling. Sauce can also be warmed in the microwave in a microwave safe bowl.
Pour the sauce over meatloaf; bake 10 minutes more. Let sit 5 minutes before slicing.
Yield 6 servings.
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