This is the only meatloaf I will eat. Or at very least enjoy.
Do you have that one recipe that your mom or grandma made most of your life that you couldn’t really live without? I actually have several recipes that I would put in this category from main dishes to desserts and snacks. I am not sure which one would top my list of best recipes, but this one is probably in the top five.
My mom has been making a form of this meatloaf almost my whole life. I’m not sure really what other meatloaf actually tastes like because I just don’t want to even taste them. If a restaurant is serving meatloaf you can bet I’ll be eating something else. So whenever I have a hankering, I just make this for dinner and everyone always seems to enjoy it.
The basics are ground beef. Kinda obvious I know, but we have achieved a yummy meatloaf with ground turkey too, feel free to experiment. I know a lot of people use ketchup in their meatloaf but my mom always used tomato sauce because it was not as sweet. I love the tomato sauce actually because it starts to caramelize as it cooks and it give a great char flavor to the outer crust – my favorite part.
Ok, now there are two things my mom has always typically done in her meatloaf that either no one or very few people do. One is add sausage. In this recipe I mixed sausage in with the beef to give it a bit of a spicy flavor. My mom has a time or two added sausage links next to the meatloaf. It really gives the beef an extra special taste that makes you go “wow, what is in that?”. The other non-traditional addition is eggs. Like raw eggs mixed in? No, actually hardboiled eggs stuffed in the beef. It’s kind of like a surprise as you eat your dinner.
I asked my mom why eggs? It’s so unusual, but as I understand it since eggs were so much less expensive than meat, it was a way to really extend the meat itself to feed everyone in a house hold. Makes complete sense to me especially when you try to feed many people on a lower budget. If that isn’t so much of a concern then you can take comfort in the fact that the eggs soak up so much flavor from the meat and spices that they in themselves are just absolutely delicious.
I love the fact that you can prep this meatloaf the night before, cover it in your fridge and pop it in the oven when you get home from work. By the time you have wound down, made a couple sides and gotten the kids all situated, it will be ready to serve. Its an easy homecooked meal to add to your weekday repertoire.
- 1 ½ pounds ground beef
- ½ pound pork sausage
- ½ cup breadcrumbs
- 2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon pepper
- 2 teaspoons italian seasoning
- 15 ounce can tomato sauce
- 4 hardboiled eggs, peeled
- Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Mix ground beef, sausage, breadcrumbs, garlic powder, salt, pepper, italian seasoning and half the can of tomato sauce. Make sure you mix just until combined, don't over mix. Form into a loose sphere and place into a cast iron skillet or baking dish. Gently push the hard boiled eggs into meat covering them with more meat. Pour the rest of the tomato sauce on top.
- Bake for 60 minutes or until the meat is 150 degrees internal temperature.