There are just some dishes that get better the second day. Chili falls into that category and so does meatloaf. I was craving a meatloaf sandwich the other day and so to the kitchen I go to make this marvelous combination of meat and spices. All the while, I was whispering to my craving that it just needed to hang on because that sandwich was coming. It was totally worth the wait!

A Simply Marvelous Meatloaf – From The Complete Southern Cookbook

Yield: 6 servings

2 teaspoons olive oil

3 garlic cloves, minced

1 small purple onion, peeled and chopped

2 to 3 pounds ground beef

2 eggs, lightly beaten

1/4 cup plain fresh breadcrumbs

1 teaspoon tomato paste

1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce

1 teaspoon pepper sauce

1 teaspoon dried thyme

1 teaspoon dried basil

1 teaspoon dried parsley

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon black pepper

1/4 cup barbecue sauce or ketchup, room temperature

Preheat the oven to 350°F. Lightly grease a loaf pan and set aside. Place the oil in a large sauté pan over medium-high heat. Add the garlic and onions and sauté 4 minutes or until tender. Set aside to cool. In a large bowl, combine the beef, eggs, breadcrumbs, paste, Worcestershire, pepper sauce, thyme, basil, parsley, salt, and pepper. Stir well. Add the onion mixture, stirring until well combined. Transfer to the prepared pan. Bake 50 minutes or until cooked through. As soon as the pan comes out of the oven, smear it with the barbecue sauce or ketchup. Let cool in the pan at least 10 minutes before slicing and serving.


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