My wife made her signature meat loaf last night. It's my favorite thing in the world, and I was never a fan of meat loaf growing up. And incidentally, it never tastes the same as the last time, either. Why? Well, my wife is the type of person that won't eat the crunched up half chips in the bag of Doritos, torillas, or Lays, so she saves them for the meat loaf.
At any rate, I wanted to share a couple of recipes we've used that taste fantastic, without being haute cuisine, and see if anyone else wanted to share some as well.
Mrs. Right's Meat Loaf:
1 lb. ground beef
1 cup crushed Doritos, Cheetos, etc.
1/2 of a large onion, chopped
2 Tbls garlic
1/8 cup Tapatio or Tabasco
3/4 cup ketchup
1/4 cup brown sugar
So she combines the beef, chips, onion, Tapatio, garlic and egg, and kneads them together, then places it in a bread/loaf pan on 350 for 20 minutes. While that's baking, she mixes the ketchup and brown sugar. After 20 minutes, smother the loaf with the sauce, and put it back in the oven, uncovered for another 20 minutes, or until brown on the inside.
Incidentally, this also makes a fantastic burger, minus the ketchup/brown sugar.
TiltingRight's Winger's Sauce:
16oz Franks Red Hot
1lb. brown sugar
Heat Frank's Red Hot in a saucepan until it's at a low boil. Add brown sugar, stirring constantly until it comes to a boil. Remove from heat and stir for another minute or so, or until all of the brown sugar is dissolved.
This makes enough for a fairly large party/bbq, with some left over. If you plan on keeping leftovers of the sauce, don't refrigerate it, and use it within a month or so. I usually put it back into the (empty) Red Hot bottle. It won't go bad.