And the answer is... Seriously the best meatloaf recipe ever!
Rae's Fabulously Delicious Meatloaf
Combine at least 2 of the following meats to = 3lbs (ground turkey, lean ground beef, ground venison, jimmy dean sausage (any variety))
*** my favorite combo is 2lbs lean ground beef and 1lb jimmy dean sausage (sage, low-fat, spicy... you choose)
1 cup tomato ketchup (have used salsa in a pinch)
2/3 cup V8 juice (can you spicy if you choose)
1 1/2- 1 3/4 cup bread crumbs (ok to add a bit more if mixture seems a bit to "wet")
4 tsp prepared mustard
1 packet Good Seasons Italian dressing mix *dry mix
Mix everything thoroughly in a large mixing bowl. Seriously, I am pretty sure that you are supposed to beat the eggs first and add all the ingredients slowly... but I just toss them all in and in no particular order and use my hands to mix it all together. Turns out great every time.
Press meat mixture into 2 loaf pans (yes... that is one for dinner and one for sandwiches tomorrow!)
mix 1/2 cup ketchup OR chunky salsa
1 tsp prepared mustard
4 TBS brown sugar
Mix it all together and spread on top of meat loaf.
Bake at 400 degrees for about 1 hour (check at about 45-50 minutes and drain if needed... my oven sucks so please note that your cooking times may vary... I usually end up cooking it for about 1 hour 10 minutes or so). The meatloaf will start to pull away from the sides. The sides and the topping will probably look a bit burnt... but it is not... it is just the sugar carmelizing... YUM! Drain as needed and let rest for about 5 minutes before serving.