Thursday, October 24, 2013

Chili Lover's Meatloaf and a #Whole Foods #Giveaway! (I bet you saw that coming!)


I've always dreamed of travelling the globe, living in other places, meeting lots of new faces, feasting all over, and serving food to all my new friends. Wouldn't that be the life? Well, I'm not going to Bali, or to China or even Mexico or Hawaii, but I am becoming an ambassador. I'm livin' the dream, baby! Don't I wish? 

But really-I've been asked to do some giveaways and write one post a month for Whole Foods and I'm excited. They give me a few suggestions each month and I can write whatever I want. Like they think I wouldn't? And the good news is that you-yeah, that means YOU-my faithful readers get to have fun, too! 

I have the pleasure of giving away three giveaways to anyone in the US. Sorry, that this isn't a worldwide thing, but I would include you if I could! This is like their Halloween bag, but I think the pretzels and the bunny grahams would be great in someone's lunch box. And my manservant has been eating the little pretzel bags as snacks.

 Personally, I'd immediately hide the peanut butter cups somewhere where no one can find them- like in your lingerie drawer- so you can have them all to yourself. Yes, the peanut butter cups are to die for! No, I mean really. I do love Reese's but these are better. They are richer and more chocolatey with just the right amount of salt. I was going to use them in cookies, but well, I'll tell ya, they are too good for that. They deserve to be savored...every minute of every day. And they are rain forest alliance certified. We all love the rain forest, right?



Now Zoe, yes the Zoe who doesn't live here anymore, heard about the sour gummy worms and immediately said they were hers. And she always loved Annie's products and would have no trouble finishing off the little bags of graham bunnies. (Manservant sees bunnies and just wants to shoot them.) I guess that leaves the water bottle and Gianna for Alex. Now, I'm not sure how they will send this out, but that isn't my problemo. I just get to write and eat! And drink. That apple juice hit the spot. I'm not sure I've had tangy, sweet, apple juice since the kids were young. 

So how do we get to chili lover's meatloaf? Ya got me. Sometimes I get tired of cooking the same thing and my brain goes a bit haywire. Like when I clean house, manservant tells me it goes totally out of control. I can imagine everything under the sun and I have a pretty deep, sometimes dark, imagination. But one day I thought of this. And I thought I don't need to make a pot of chili. I'm going to make a chili meat loaf. Life changing, right? Well, not really. But I googled and I really couldn't find too many recipes that looked  good, so I made up my own. Now I need to find something else to imagine because this came out really good.



Whole Foods did suggest some different foods to write about and even though they were all really good suggestions, in this house we had to go chili. Manservant loves chili. He's from Tayxas, so that explains it, right? I'm from Illinois, and though we like chili, I never really needed chili. Well, Manservant needs chili. It's in his genes (jeans?). Especially after yard work, and during football games. And for lunch, and for breakfast over eggs, and well, I could go on and on. 

This meat loaf came out so good that I crumbled it up and put it on nachos. I put it in scrambled eggs. I put it between two slices of bread. I wrapped some in a tortilla with some beans and called it a burrito. Now, I know you could do all of that with a bowl of chili, but sometimes we all need a change. I know I'm ready and I'm not just talking meatloaf. Whole Foods does have a turkey chili on their blog (And it is a really nice blog, with tons of info) but I'll be honest here, folks. Their chili ain't for people from Tayxas. I mean it has mushrooms in it.  It looks like a really bean filled, easy chili to please a lot of people, but when I make my chili I like to up the ante, so to speak. In other words, feel free to dial the spices whatever direction you want.



This is another fun meatloaf. Compare it if you want to my Cap'n Crunch meat loaf. I like that a lot, too. One of my favorite things about making meatloaf is having leftovers. Now that the kids have moved on (sob, sob) we get a lot more leftovers. They were never a dirty word in our house. Don't forget all the things you can do with those leftovers. And when you are finished eating this spicy, delectable meatloaf, I hope you know where to head. Yeah, it's the lingerie drawer, fo' sho'!

All opinions expressed are mine, baby. All mine. This giveaway is easy to enter as long as you live in the US. Giveaway closes on October 30th.  Subscribe if you don't want to miss the announcement of the winner or tune in on October 31st-Halloween to see if you won! (And please, if you have a common name, you need to give me a hint like Sue from Sioux City or something like that.) All three winners will be chosen by a Random Number Generator! So now, to enter, (dahdah, dah, dah, de DAH!) just leave me a comment and tell me what your favorite way to make meatloaf is - or isn't!



Chili Lover's Meatloaf (Serves 8)
1 1/2 lbs ground turkey (or meat of your choice)
2 minced garlic cloves
1 seeded, finely chopped jalapeno
1 chopped chipotle
2 T ancho chile powder
2 t smoked paprika
1 t dried oregano
1/2 t cumin
1/2 t salt
1/2 c chopped onions
2 T ketchup
1 egg
1 c crushed tortilla chips

1 c shredded cheese (I used a combo of cheddar and jalapeno)
1/3 c ketchup
1 can green chilies, drained or Hatch chilies

Sauce 
1/3 c ketchup
1/2 t garlic powder
1 t chipotle tabasco or another chopped chipotle

Preheat oven to 350.

Combine turkey and other ingredients through tortilla chips. Mix well. I use my hands. They work really well! Then take half the mixture and shape it in a long flat loaf in a rectangular pan. (I like to bake my meat loaf in a baking dish, not a loaf pan.)

Spread 1/2 of the 1/3 c of ketchup on the loaf. Top that with 1 c of shredded cheese. Top that with the can of drained green chilies. Now spread the rest of your ketchup over that. Or something like that! This green chile cheese ribbon is not too spicy, but makes your loaf tasty and pretty. (We all need pretty, right?)

Ready? Now you can take the other half of the meat mixture and spread it on top of your filling. Make sure your filling is sealed in well so it doesn't leak out the sides.

OK, mix up the ketchup with the garlic powder and chipotle tabasco. Spread that on all sides of your loaf.

Bake for about 1 1/2 hours. Sometimes with turkey there is a lot of liquid that makes its way into the pan. Feel free to drain this or pour it onto your dog's food. They will love it!

Serve this with beans or potatoes. Manservant voted beans.

Next Whole Foods giveaway is in November. Can't wait to see what they come up with! You won't want to miss it!




Other Game Day Winners:
Onion Dip
3 Ingredient Artichoke Dip and a Sandwich
Smoked Trout Pate
Sloppy Jose
Dan Dan Sliders
Boboli Pizza


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117 comments:

  1. You know, I have never made meatloaf. Ever! Weird, because I like it. Although it took me quite a while to get to that stage - my Mom used to make it once a week when I was a kid, and although she cooked some good things, her meat loaf wasn't for me. Although if I were to cook it, I'd have to give serious consideration to making your chili version. By coincidence we had chili for dinner tonight (leftovers from the freezer). Yours looks good. Congrats on the Whole Foods gig, BTW - that's really exciting!

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  2. That is really funny, John. You know I never like my mom's much because it was different every time I tasted it! But I did like the onion soup mix she used. Now I really like meatloaf and just used it up by making hash. You make great chili so I would adapt that! And thanks. I have no idea how they found me!

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  3. My husband loves the meatloaves, meatballs,patties...this chilli meatloaf looks divine! I guess I will have to leave the cheese out as he is not fond of them.

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    1. No need for cheese, Angie. Just more chilies!

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  4. I don't live in the US ~ I wasn't going to put in a comment but you have to know how I feel about this, Abbe. I have to tell you that this meatloaf looks amazing! Lol! ^.^

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    1. Oh, Sharon. i always love hearing from you. Thanks!

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  5. I like to make my meatloaf with ground chuck, pork and veal, lots of garlic, onion, parsley, seasoned breadcrumbs, ketchup and parmesan cheese.

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    1. I love it like that, too! Just the basics is great!

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  6. I've never made meatloaf on my own, but I remember making meatloaf with my mom many times and we always made it spicy. Your Chili Lovers Meatloaf looks delicious, so I might have to try that.

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    1. Thanks, Jenn. It is a good one and you can even make it spicier. My mom never cooked spicy!

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  7. You are right. I never make meatloaf the same because I never had a recipe ! Yours sounds great. Funny, I'm making meatloaf tonight and plan to use ground beef, Italian sausage, pesto and fresh bread crumbs , egg, onion, etc. I'll try yours another day as I don't have all the ingredients on hand and I don't want to go to the store.Thanks, Abs, for all your wonderful blogs . Love, Mom

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    1. That sounds like a good meatloaf, Mom. to bad you didn't make it for me! And I 'm not sure that Dad would like this one-I think he is a more basic kind of guy! Love you, Mom!

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  8. Your meatloaf photos have suddenly made me very hungry. My favorite meatloaf has marjoram and thyme and is topped with bacon....but I think yours might give it some competition!

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  9. I used to HATE meatloaf - HATE it with every inch of my body. But the last few years i have grown to like it. and I like it just with a homemade BBQ sauce on top and some carrots and celery inside with it, yum!

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  10. It does seem that meatloaf stirs the emotions in people. But it seems as we get older we appreciate it more! thanks for commenting, Angie!

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  12. My husband makes meatloaf with chopped peppers and onions. I've never made it.
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  13. just the basic with beef, onion, peppers, panko

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  14. I like the Italian seasoned one with eggs down the centre. I like meatloaf but hubby doesn't (I guess bad childhood memories) so I don't make it as much as I like to. Your chilli meat loaf looks fantastic. I may have to make this, hubby does like chilli a lot.

    Nazneen

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    1. It is worth a try, Nazneen. Meatloaf stirs a lot of childhood memories, it seems!

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    1. Thanks! It is hard taking photos of meatloaf!

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  16. I like to make meatloaf with lean ground beef and japanese bread crumbs, but no ketchup

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    1. No ketchup? Well, whatever works, Natalie!

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  17. I love to make and eat meatloaf! Mine is fairly classic: ground beef, oatmeal or day old bread torn into small pieces, an egg, salt, pepper, smoked paprika, and lots and lots of chopped onions. I form it into a loaf and top it very liberally with ketchup. It's great on day # 1 or on day # 2 in meatloaf sandwiches! Sometimes I even tuck a surprise in the middle of the meatloaf: 1 couple of hard-boiled eggs or chunks of cheese!

    Nancy
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    1. Sounds great, Nancy. I love the lots of onions part!

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  18. Hubby loves to make meatloaf with crushed cheez its and lots of onions. I'm more traditional.
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  19. I actually can't stand meatloaf, so i'll never make it!

    volta2173 at sbcglobal dot net

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    1. Lots of people like you, Jennifer.We all have our dislikes, fo sho!

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  20. I love an Italian style meatloaf, with plenty of oregano!
    catshaw2e (at) gmail (dot) com

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    1. Oregano is my favorite herb. I don't think it gets enough credit. So this sounds really good to me!

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  21. I usually make a turkey meat loaf and my husband loves chili sauce on his.

    betsy_349 at hotmail dot com

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    1. Definitely with you on the turkey! And my manservant loves chili sauce, too!

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  23. I love making mini-meatloaves using a muffin pan. They cook quickly, give everyone a nice, crisp edge, and pre-set servings so it's easier to resist the temptation to over-eat!

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    1. I've seen this before. It is a great idea and probably really good for a buffet!

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  24. Now that's a meatloaf I would like - you had me at green chiles!! Have a great weekend Abbe!

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    1. Thanks Biz. You can leave out the onions!

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  25. My favorite way to make meatloaf is to let my husband make it. He makes an awesome meatloaf. It is often requested by our friends when coming to dinner.

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    1. I think that would be my favorite way, too!

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  26. i make my meatloaf with 2/3 ground beef and 1/3 ground pork. i also love to put some shredded cheddar cheese in it. thanks for the yummy giveaway!

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    1. I've made them like that, too. And I wholeheartedly agree. It makes a great meatloaf!

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  27. What a fun Whole Foods Project! Those peanut butter cups were my favorite a hundred years ago when I was in High School and now I think they're too sweet. I blame corn syrup. I'll have to try this brand. Anyway, my favorite is a Chef Paul Prudhomme Cajun Meatloaf recipe. Your post reminds me that I've never blogged about it. And HA about Tayxus.

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    1. These are no too sweet. I promise. Definitely could be very addicting! Love Paul Prudhomme. I'm going to have to look that one up! Yeah. He is from Tayxus.

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  28. I love your take on a classic recipe -- the meatloaf looks great. Thanks for sharing and good luck to the giveaway participants.

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    1. Glad you like it and thanks for writing!

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    1. Nothing worse that a meat loaf full of bread. I agree!

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  30. Sorry, we really don't like meatloaf.

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  32. I love making meat loaf with turkey rather than beef!
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  33. A pound of beef, 3oz. crushed rice krispies, 1/4-1/2 cup chopped sweet onion, 2 eggs, salt and pepper. Maybe a little parmesean if I have it. Top with ketchup for the last 15 minutes. My family loves it!

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    1. I am loving the rice krispie idea! This sounds really great!

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  34. Congrats, Abbe! I don't have a meatloaf recipe. I keep trying various ones but none will take the place of Zia's. She made the best meatloaf ever. Unfortunately, she lost the recipe and cannot remember how she prepared it. For me, it's as if someone misplaced the Mona Lisa. :)

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    1. Thanks John. Oh, that is soooo sad. There must be something she remembers. You need to invent your own. You will feel better. And so will I.

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  35. I like to make it with a vegan version of meat!

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    1. Can't say I've had that but if it works for you, Sara than that is what you need! Thanks for commenting!

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  36. I hate meatloaf! But, I'd love to win this giveaway.

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    1. That's OK, Meryl! there are other things in this world besides meatloaf!

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  37. We are a meatloaf loving family
    Diane Baum
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    1. Then you must make a good meatloaf, Diane!

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  38. I think my favorite way is your delicious sounding recipe!
    Mary x

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  40. I love my meatloaf with alot of Ketchup on top!

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  41. I like to use meatloaf mix with beef, pork and veal, with tomato sauce, chopped onion, garlic, oregano and basil.

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  43. I make a really yummy meatloaf with brown sugar and sauteed onions. It's really yummy. But I love spicy/chili so I really want to try yours. tamarsweeps-at-gmail-dot-com

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    1. I've done brown sugar and mustard on top and that is really good. I'm liking the sound of yours!

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  44. I dont ever make meatloaf it is something only my dad makes and I love it. Made with 80-20, ritz crackers, eggs ketchup and a bunch of other stuff he tosses in.

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    1. My dad never made meatloaf but the Ritz cracker part sounds pretty good. You better write it down!

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  45. I do make a very traditional meatloaf recipe but recently we've really enjoyed Italian Meatloaf using Parmesan cheese, Italian spices and topped with marinara. Very yummy!

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    1. Lots of folks like it this way, it seems. I'm going to have to give it a try!

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  46. I have never loved meatloaf but my grandmother loves to make it
    bethany
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    1. So does that mean you eat it? Just curious!

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  47. This is totally comfort food to me. Perfect for cooler weather nights. I love my meatloaf with bacon wrapped on top. I know, so good and hard to resist. :P

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  48. So cool that you're working with Whole Foods! Congrats! Those gummy worms would be mine for sure. My mom makes the best meatloaf because she makes mini ones. They are adorable and cook faster and we each get out own.

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    1. Thanks, Laura! You and my daughter would be good friends. She loves anything gummy! And mini meatloaves seems to be popular!

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  49. I like a basic meatloaf made with whole wheat bread crumbs and plenty of herbs.

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    1. Lots of herbs-always a good thing! Thanks, Catherine!

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  50. Not sure my first post "took." I like a meatloaf in a round or oval shape, with herbs.

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    1. Thanks for trying again, John! A round shape-that's a new one. Any particular reason?

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  51. I hardboil 2 or 3 eggs and after I mix the ground beef with onion soup mix I wrap the meat around the eggs. I bake it at 350 degrees for 30 minutes and then cover with Pillsbury crescent rolls opened flat. Cook another 15 minutes and serve with jar beef gravy Rosanne rosans4@comcast.net

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    1. My mom used to do onion soup but not the hard boiled egg thing. but this Pillsbury crescent rolls makes this sound really spectacular! Thanks, Roseanne.

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  52. Holy cow...I love chili, so this meatloaf looks fantastic!!! I usually have to spice it up with something. There's a great place in Chicago called the Meatloaf Bakery. There is a Meatloaf Bakery cookbook by Cynthia Kalile that y'all should check out for some great extraordinary meatloaf recipes. My favorite way is to have turkey meatloaf with mashed potatoes. Delicious!
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    1. I'm going to have to look for this book! My brother lives in Berwyn so next time I come to visit we will check this place out! Yup. Gotta have mashed potatoes. Thanks!

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  53. who could resist spicy and hot meatloaf??
    Preety suits for my asian licking!

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  54. My favorite way to make meatloaf is to mix the ground beef with worcestershire,onion soup,and ketchup.I add eggs mixed with milk,green onions,red onions,mushrooms,garlic,and a couple of cups of shredded mexican and sharp cheddar cheese.

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  55. I like to make meatloaf using ground sirloin, grated cheddar cheese, finely diced green peppers, grated onion (helps keep it very moist), breadcrumbs, tomato sauce, eggs, salt, pepper, Kentuckyaki sauce ( a soy sauce blend containing apple cider vinegar, fresh garlic, fresh ginger and bourbon) and top it with balsamic ketchup.

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  56. i never make meatloaf - my husband makes it.

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  57. I love making meatloaf but now that my husband in gluten free i have to cut out the breadcrumbs. As a glaze i mix ketchup with brown sugar and pour it over the top.

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  58. We make meatloaf with hamburger,onion,ketchup and crackers

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  59. I loveee meatloaf and have collected a bunch of recipes from various books and cooking shows. One of my favorite is to mix pork, beef, bread crumbs and flavor it the way you would flavor italian hot sausages. Yum!

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  60. I like making meatloaf with tons of ketchup and whole wheat bread crumbs

    JOSEPH GERSCH

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  61. I have had it with whole, hard boiled eggs in it. I just couldnt get on board with that. - Krazekatldy S.

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  62. I like to mix some brown gravy into the meatloaf mix to give it extra flavor and moistness.

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  63. I love meaty, spicy meatloaf - but my favorite way to eat it is in a sandwich!

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  64. I like to use one pound of ground beef and a half pound of ground sausage. It gives it a unique taste.

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  65. I have never made a meatloaf. So I don't have a special way.

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  66. HI Abbe! I made my meatloaf like a giant Italian meatball, with lots of eggs, grated parmigiano cheese, chopped parsley, some seasonings and tomato sauce to go on top.
    The chili meatloaf you made sounds really good, we will have to try this soon! Have a great day! Happy Halloween!

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  67. I first take my hamburger and marinate it overnight in some Italian dressing, oregano, thyme and garlic. The next day I drain off the excess and put it in a bowl. I then add some herb bread crumbs, honey mustard, onions, peppers and salt and pepper. I put it in my coated loaf pan and then cover it in marinara sauce mixed with some brown sugar. I bake it for about 45 minutes and then like to add a finish of some soy sauce.
    Laurie Emerson
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  68. I love making meatloaf with Doritos crunched up and adding pineapple salsa.

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  69. I make meatloaf with canned crushed tomatoes, an egg, and I use oatmeal as a filler.I usually add onion and other diced vegetables.
    smchester at gmail dot com

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  70. I have actually never made it! I always hated my moms when I was growing up-and i just never tried anything else!

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  71. We use onion soup mix, an egg, crushed saltines and last few minutes of baking-top with ketchup and brown sugar mix. Super easy!

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  72. I make mine in the oven. The less ingredients the better. Yum!

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  73. Thanks for the giveaway…we use two pounds of ground beef, a can of condensed tomato soup, 1 envelope dry onion soup and recipe mix, oatmeal, an egg, and seasoning to taste. We will throw in some chopped onion, garlic, or green peppers if we have some as well.

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