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Brown Sugar Meatloaf

At the New Year's Eve party, my husband and I were part of the "Newly Wed" game.  Although we have been married over 8 years and are not considered newlyweds anymore, we did not do so well!  I believe we ended up in last place! LOL

It was all about the technicalities with us.  I know..."excuses, excuses."

One question that was asked to me was "What is your spouse's favorite food?"  I said, "MEAT."  He said, "Her meatloaf."  Come on people!  Meat is in the name! 

Anyways, the point being, he really does love my meatloaf and has told me many times.  It's not just him though, my five year old, who hates most of my dinners (because, like I said, she's five) loves it as well! The secret? I add brown sugar.  It's sweet, yet because it's meatloaf, you can still hide lots of the good stuff!

I want to share the recipe with you so that you are able to satisfy that picky eater in YOUR family.  Whether it is your spouse, child, or even yourself!

One thing to note, I am not the type who does exact measurements.  I do approximations.  With this recipe you can play around with it, add and take out items as you please. USA, LLC


1.5 lbs - 2 lbs of hamburger
2 C bread crumbs
1 egg
3 Tbsp milk
2 Tbsp minced garlic
1/2 C diced onion
1/2 C diced red pepper
*Optional* you can also add shredded carrots, mashed peas or whatever other vegetable you want to hide!
1/2 - 1 C light brown sugar
1/2 C ketchup


1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. Spray a 9x5 loaf pan with cooking spray. 
3. On the bottom of the loaf pan, spread the brown sugar.  You can make it as thick or thin as you want. Just make sure the bottom is completely covered.   
4. Put ketchup over sugar.  I just squeeze out of the bottle and cover MOST of the sugar. 
5. In a separate bowl add hamburger, bread crumbs, egg, milk, garlic, onion and pepper.  Use your hands to mix it all together.  Once mixed, form it into the shape of a loaf pan and place on top of the sugar and ketchup. Push down to form to the pan.
6. Cook for 1-2 hours.  I know the time variable is inconvenient but it really depends on the oven and how much "stuff" you put in your meatloaf.  My oven tends to take a lot longer so it usually takes me about 1.5- 2 hours. It doesn't come out the prettiest, but it tastes great!

*Tip* about 45 minutes into the cooking time, I take it out and cut through it for quicker cooking.

Try it out and let me know how you and your family liked it in the comments!  Also, I would love to hear your variations on the recipe.