When I was a child we ate meatloaf a total of 1 (one) time. My mother made it one night and the only person who even remotely liked it, was Elizabeth. Mom was never one of those mothers who made whatever she wanted and then forced everyone else to eat it. So, by popluar concensus, the meatloaf never made a repeat appearance on the family dinner table.
And since then, I've only had it one time. About a year and a half ago I was visiting my very good friend Bonnie and she prepared meatloaf for lunch. I have to say, I enjoyed it quite a bit. Much more than I remembered liking it as a child.
These days I'm trying to plan meals for us, cook different things and take shopping lists when I go buy groceries. I got adventurous when I was planning our last week and set one night aside for meatloaf. When the night arrived, I pulled out my Better Homes and Gardens Cookbook flipped open to the meatloaf recipe and set to work.
It wasn't as bad as I was fearing, but then it wasn't nearly as good as Bonnie's. I blame the brown sugar in the sauce. I have a very strong feeling about the flavors of sauces. If it is supposed to go on a meat, it should be salty, not sweet. Sweet is reserved for deserts and drinks only.
Does anyone have a meatloaf recipe they would be willing to share that maybe has a sauce that is sans brown sugar?
Also, meatloaf proved much better as leftovers.