I have tried many plates of meatloaf in my life. Most had their strong notes but many of them were lacking that PIZZAZ. Meatloaf can totally have pizzaz right? Well, if any recipe can have it is this one can. MMM MMM delicious guys. Seriously it just hits every note of a good moist meatloaf. My kids eat seconds and thirds of this stuff. Can I get an amen?
Some how pictures got away from me this morning. Could it be because I had 2 kids doing school and 1 trying to undo school? All 3 kids whining about…..well I can not even tell you what crises they were going through but they were apparently thought to be life altering. Although I do not think the red crayon breaking will have much weight on the future of humanity. I will add what little pictures I got to help you along. Enjoy!
Start by chopping up an onion and bell pepper. Add them to a sauté pan with olive oil and cook over medium heat. Do not skip this, the soft veggies make this over the top good.
Next beat 2 eggs together in a large bowl. Then add the ground meat, chicken broth, bell pepper, onion, sleeve of crackers, ketchup, salt, pepper and garlic powder. I really like to use the chicken broth (or beef broth) to add flavor. The 2 eggs will give you the binding you need to keep this together. After you get all of it in the bowl, mix together. You can use your hands or a Mix-N-Chop. I personally do not like the feel of meatloaf all up in between my fingers so I cheat a little with a mix-n-chop tool.
After you have mixed it all up. Put in ungreased casserole dish. If your kids see it they will probably ask “How something so disgusting looking will come out soo yummy” I don’t know children, its pure homecookin’ magic.
When you get it all spread out its time to make the sauce topping. Let me tell you this is the special touch. Ohhh man, my mouth is watering just thinking of it now. Mix together the tomato sauce, apricot preserve, brown sugar, Worcestershire sauce and apple cider vinegar.
Spread all over your meat mixture in your casserole dish. What is a meatloaf without bacon? I mean honestly we need all the bacon. So just spread as many of those strips on top as you can fit.
If you are making this ahead, now is the time to slap some foil over it, stick in the fridge and run out to get your errands done. I made this in morning, came home a few hours later and it was ready to pop in the oven. Actually my sweet hubby put it in the oven for me for me since I was running behind. (heart eyes) I like to leave this for Keith to pop in the oven for him and the kids when I will be gone and don’t want them eating applesauce all day.
So when you are ready put it in the oven and get ready for the longest 1.5 hours of your life waiting for this to be done! It makes the whole house smell like straight up comfort. Serve up with some Easy Crockpot Mashed Potatoes (recipe for mashed potatoes coming next week) SOOOOO good!