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My mom is Peruvian and my dad is Chinese so meatloaf wasn’t exactly a staple in our house. In the movies it’s always portrayed as dry or gross tasting.
The first time I had meatloaf I was in high school and it wasn’t anything special to me.
My boyfriend, now husband, made me meatloaf for dinner one night and it was absolutely delicious. We have very different cooking styles. He says he hates using recipes and will often eyeball just about everything. I, on the other hand, like to use recipes, at least as a guideline.
Well, being that my husband makes his own recipes up he wasn’t able to recreate his delicious meatloaf. That is how this recipe was created and it’s now THE meatloaf recipe for our family. (inspired by Allrecipes mini meatloaf recipe HERE)
For this moist and delicious meatloaf recipe you will need:
1 medium onion (red or white)
2 cloves, minced garlic
1 tablespoon oil
1 ½ pounds ground beef
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese (I also like to use the 4 cheese blend)
½ cup quick cook oats (even better than breadcrumbs in my opinion)
¾ cup milk
¾ cup frozen peas (optional)
1 teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon black pepper
2/3 cup ketchup
¼ cup packed brown sugar
1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
Heat up the oil in a small sauce pan. Sauté the onion and garlic over medium heat until translucent. Be sure to keep stirring to prevent browning. Remove from heat and let cool. This mixture and the oats in the recipe are what keep the meatloaf moist.
In a large bowl mix together the ground beef, shredded cheese, oats, egg, milk, peas, onion/garlic mixture, salt, and pepper. Mix until combined.
In a small bowl mix together the ketchup, brown, sugar, and apple cider vinegar. Mix well to form a glaze.
Pour glaze over each loaf to cover completely. You don’t have to put a glaze if you don’t want to. My husband doesn’t like too sweet of a glaze. I find the apple cider vinegar gives it the right balance.
Bake in preheated over on 350 degrees for approximately 45-55 minutes.
Not the prettiest meatloaf, but very delicious. I like to serve my meatloaf with garlic mashed potatoes and some sort of greens. Enjoy!