Grandma Swanson’s Meatloaf

A family favorite – my grandma’s meatloaf.  I remember having it many times as a child.  My mom would tell me to make it and invite my best friend from high school over to have some, as it was a favorite of her’s whenever she would eat over.    I am so glad that my husband and kids love it too!   I served it with Winter Rainbow Gratin.
*I have made some small changes to the original recipe that our family really enjoys.  I updated it to show that.  11/12/15

Grandma Swanson’s Meatloaf

1 c. gluten free bread crumbs**
1 c. milk (almond milk works great here)

1 egg
2 lb. ground beef
1 1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp each: pepper, dry mustard, celery salt, garlic
1 tsp. onion powder
1 1/2 Tbls. Worchestershire Sauce
Brown sugar

**I usually save the ends of the loaves of my gf bread, throw them in the food processor and then stick them in the freezer to use as needed.  Works great and cheaper than buying gf bread crumbs.  An alternative would be to use 1 c. of oatmeal ground up as well.

Beat the egg, then add milk and spices.
Tear up the bread and put into milk mixture. Let it sit for a few minutes.
Add the hamburger, mix thoroughly.
Put in loaf pan and top with brown sugar. If freezer cooking, freeze it now covered in tin foil.  Set out to thaw before cooking.
Bake for 75 minutes at 350 and additional 20 minutes at 325.
Husband Ranking:  8 out of 10
Food for Thought: This is an easy meal to double and keep on hand in the freezer.  If you don’t have a spare pan to freeze it in, line your loaf pan with plastic wrap.  Place meat in there and flash freeze for about an hour.  While it is firm but not yet fully frozen, pull the meat loaf out of the pan, wrap in a layer of tin foil, and store in a freezer bag.  When you are ready to cook it, let it thaw for a bit before unwrapping it.  Once it is soft around the edges, unwrap it and place it in the loaf pan to finish thawing.

One response

  1. […] was delicious, not dry at all, and my husband said he thinks he even preferred it to my traditional Grandma Swanson’s Meatloaf!  I served it with oven roasted brussel sprouts and homemade garlic fries.  Everyone ate a ton!  […]

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