My mom was an incredible cook. She prepared delicious meals on such a strict budget. Today, I made her classic meatloaf. As an avid deer hunter, my dad provided much of our protein, for the winter months, with Venison. I know there are animal lovers out there which would find this outrageous, but feeding a family of four on a firefighters salary in the 70’s and 80’s was very tough. Without deer meat or fish, caught from local lakes, we would have starved. Meatloaf was not one of my husbands favorite meals, however, he changed his mind after trying my mom’s recipe. Made with pantry staples, it is not only affordable, but is also hearty and delicious.
PREP TIME: 20 MINUTES COOK TIME: 45 MINUTES SERVES: 8
For the meatloaf:
2 lbs. ground beef or ground Venison
1/4 cup finely chopped onion
1/2 stack crushed saltines (1/2 – 3/4 cup)
1/2 cup ketchup
2 T. yellow mustard
1 T. Worcestershire sauce
1/4 cup packed light brown sugar
2 t. Nature’s seasoning
Sauce for top: 1/2 cup ketchup and 1/4 cup light brown sugar
Mix meat, eggs, onion, saltines and seasoning ingredients thoroughly. Place in a casserole dish and bake at 350º for about 30 minutes, then remove from oven.
In a small bowl, combine ketchup and brown sugar for the sauce. Glaze over the meatloaf and return to the oven for 10-15 minutes more, until glaze has set.
Ideally, serve with mashed potatoes and biscuits – yum!