Mom’s Meatloaf

BY VALERIE BELDEN WILDER
Columbia County, New York  I  Thursday, 28 May 2020

MOM’S MEATLOAF
ground beef, 1 pound
ground turkey, 1 pound
egg, 1 large
ketchup, several squirts
grape jelly, several spoonfuls
Dijon mustard, several squirts
bread crumbs, 1/2 cup
Lipton onion soup mix, 1 packet, dry

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In a large mixing bowl, whisk the egg, ketchup, grape jelly, and mustard. Stir in some bread crumbs and the packet of onion soup mix.

Add ground beef and ground turkey, mixing well to incorporate everything into the meat. Pack the mixture down into a loaf pan.

Make a glaze of equal parts ketchup and grape jelly mixed together, and spread HALF of it over the meatloaf.

Bake about 45 minutes, then take out of oven and carefully pour off fat. Glaze with remaining ketchup and grape jelly mixture, and return to oven for 15 minutes.

Baking time total is about 1 hour, until internal temperature of meatloaf is 160 degrees.

After baking, pour off fat again. Rest 10 minutes and cut into thick slices. Enjoy!

Helpful Hints
For this recipe, I like to buy my meat in 1-pound chubs. If you can’t find them in the frozen meat section of your grocery store, try checking the refrigerated meat section, as well.

Of course, you can use meat packaged in Styrofoam trays. I just find the chubs more convenient. Any combination of ground beef, ground turkey, or even ground sausage will work.

I like to save a clean, empty can to pour fat into. Once it’s solidified, I just throw the can away. Do not pour fat down your kitchen sink!

Recipe Source
This is not my mom’s recipe. I’m the mom here. Ha! This recipe is a combination of bits and pieces I’ve picked up along the way, throwing together a bunch of ideas from different sources.

Notes
You might notice I’ve left some of the potato peels on my mashed potatoes, about half of them. They’re more nutritious this way.

Pictured are some canned cut green beans. Try them with a little Lawry’s Lemon Pepper sprinkled on top. I think you’ll like it! Lawry’s Lemon Pepper also tastes great on chicken, fish, baked potatoes, and lots of things!

I also like Redmond Real Salt. It has a slightly sweet taste, and is the only pink sea salt mined in America.