Meatloaf is a Christmas meal to me. I can't eat it without thinking of that classic moment in A Christmas Story where Ralphie's little brother, Randy, sits at the table refusing to eat. "Meat loaf, peet loaf, double bubble beet loaf. I hate meat loaf!"
Okay, so I don't hate meat loaf at all. When it is good, it can be REALLY good! I've added some heat to my meatloaf for a full flavor spicy loaf that I'm positive Randy would hate even more. Did the typical American family eat anything spicy back then? Anyway, you've got to try your hands at this meat loaf. It is super easy and tastes delicious. And for the record, my 5 year old absolutely loves this!
1 lb. ground beef
1/2 onion, diced
1 cup bread crumbs (or any combination of ground flaxseed, wheat bran, or wheat germ)
1/2 cup milk
2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
2 tablespoons Frank's Red Hot Sauce
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. basil
1 tsp. oregano
1/2 tsp. pepper
1/2 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes
For the glaze:
1/2 cup ketchup
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
2 tsp. Frank's hot sauce
1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
2. In a large mixing bowl, knead together the ground beef, onion, bread crumbs, milk, worcestershire sauce, frank's, salt, basil, oregano, pepper, and red pepper flakes.
3. Shape the meat into a loaf and put it on a 4-sided baking sheet or 9x13 pan.
4. Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes.
5. Mix up the glaze in a small bowl by whisking together the ketchup, brown sugar, worcestershire sauce, and frank's hot sauce. Brush it over the hot meatloaf.
6. Increase the oven temperature to 400 degrees and bake an additional 15 minutes.