When I was little my stepfather would sometimes make us dinner. A favorite was applesauce meatloaf. Sounds weird, I know. I didn’t like the idea when my parents first told me what it was. But upon tasting it, I loved it. I asked him where he got the recipe, and he couldn’t recall, but I know it’s not an anomaly. In fact, www.cooks.com list 25 different meatloaf recipes requiring applesauce as an ingredient.
Now I am married, and I desire to cook for my husband on occasion, although I’m not the June Cleaver type who loves to spend hours chopping ingredients in the kitchen. Fortunately, I’ve found this dish easy to make. As a result, I’ve taken my stepfather’s version of applesauce meatloaf and made it a hit with my hubby and my in-laws.
Note: brides-to-be, this is an excellent way to get on your in-laws’ good side.
Here’s what you need:
Soft bread crumbs (or two pieces of bread torn into tiny pieces)
Chopped onion (chopped onion in a jar, from the seasonings isle, will do nicely)
Salt and pepper
One pound of ground beef (or ground turkey for weight-conscious)
And of course, applesauce
Here’s how to make it:
1. Combine one beaten egg, 1 1/2 cups of soft bread crumbs, a 1/2 cup applesauce, 1/4 cup of finely chopped celery, 2 tablespoons chopped onion, one teaspoon of Dijon-style mustard, 1/2 teaspoon salt and a dash of pepper into a bowl.
2. Mix these together.
3. Add the meat into the bowl and mix it thoroughly with the other ingredients.
4. Shape mixture into a round loaf in an 8x8x2-inch baking pan.
5. With a spoon, make a crater-like depression in the top of the loaf.
6. Combine 1/2 cup applesauce, one tablespoon brown sugar, 1 1/2 teaspoons vinegar, and 1/2 teaspoon Dijon-style mustard into a bowl.
7. Pour this into depression.
8. Bake at 350 degrees for one hour.
This makes 4 or 5 servings. Eat and enjoy!