Growing up, our meatloaf was very plain. Meat, salt & pepper, and ketchup.
I hated it.
But my ex-husband's late mother shared a secret with me. (when she was still alive and we were still married, of course.) She told me that she put pineapple in her meatloaf.
And I nearly gagged. But then I tried her meatloaf, and it was delicious.
And she was not even Southern! She was from Michigan, for crying out loud. But she sure could cook some meatloaf.
So I started experimenting and came up with a meatloaf recipe that I love. The problem is that I don't measure anything, so I'm going to estimate amounts, and you can play with them and make it the way you like it!
2 lbs. ground beef
1/2 cup bread crumbs
salt & Nature's Seasons
1/2 cup onion, chopped
1/2 cup bell pepper, chopped
1 packet of French's Meatloaf Seasoning
1 packet Lipton Onion Soup Mix
1/2 cup ketchup
1 small can of crushed pineapple
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix all ingredients in a large bowl with your hands. Yes, it's yucky, but that's just the way you have to do it! Squish it all together, then put it in a 9x13 casserole dish and shape it into a meatloaf shape. I always squirt some ketchup on top in a swirly pattern, too. Then bake for 30-45 minutes, making sure it's done in the center.
It's off the chain!
You just have to make mashed potatoes with this. I recommend Pioneer Woman's recipe.