In terms of comfort food, meat loaf is a strong contender for first place. It's essentially a huge, juicy hamburger that you've decided to not even waste time on a bun with. It's got so much flavor packed into it that you just squirt some more ketchup on top and dig in. And I'm sorry, but if you don't put ketchup on meat loaf, you're not doing it right.
That's not to say that I haven't had a bad meat loaf, because I certainly have. They can be dry and flavorless and then it's like eating the hamburger that was left on the grill too long and nobody wants to take it but you. You're in good luck though because this meat loaf recipe is neither of those things and will satisfy any comfort food craving that may come your way.
And this recipe has a secret ingredient that makes it so easy to make and guarantees perfect flavor. It's Sabra Salsa! You could really use any flavor of their salsa and you're sure to have a great meat loaf. I used the Bruschetta version because I liked the combination of tomato, basil and garlic. Their salsa's are so full of flavor and taste like a fresh batch every time. My only other recommendation for this recipe is to get a good quality ground beef. It will help ensure it stays nice and juicy all the way through.
Ingredients3 tablespoons olive oil
2 large onions, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
3lbs ground beef
8 ounces Sabra Salsa
2 large eggs
1 1/2 cups panko bread crumbs
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1 teaspoon dried parsley
1/4 cup ketchup
DirectionsHeat the olive oil in a large saute pan over medium heat. Add the onions and garlic and cook until the onion is softened, about 15 minutes. Set aside and let cool.
In a large bowl, combine the ground beef, salsa, eggs, bread crumbs, salt, pepper and parsley. Add the onion mixture and gently combine all the ingredients. You don't want to overwork the meat here or your loaf will be too dense.
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Divide the meat mixture in half and form into two loaves and place on a sheet pan. Drizzle the loaves with the ketchup.
Bake the loaves for 45 minutes or until the meat is cooked through. Remove from the oven and let rest for 10 minutes before serving.