Craving meatloaf, I decided to look online for a change from my usual ‘go to’ recipe. Keying in meatloaf, I was shocked when 8,978 hits popped up on the computer screen. Then I realized I was on Amazon.com not Google. Curious, I scrolled down and found “The Great American Meatloaf Contest Cookbook: Great Meatloaf Recipes by Great American Cooks;” “Everybody Loves Meatloaf: More Than 100 Recipes for Loaves and Fixings” and “Fast N Simple Meatloaf Recipes.”
It was just the tip of the iceberg in almost 9,000 meatloaf options. Continuing, I came to “Ground Beef Favorites from the First Ladies of America,” which made me chuckle, because the cookbook rated only 2-1/2 stars out of five, mediocre to say the least.
As well as cookbooks, my meatloaf query took me on an extended journey exploring other meatloaf literary genres. Children’s books included “Monster Meatloaf from the School Cafeteria” and “Ketchup Power and the Starship Meatloaf.” Both stories sounded interesting. Further exploration uncovered a mystery entitled, “Dial M for Meatloaf,” and even a meatloaf comic book entitled “Not Your Mother’s Meatloaf: A Sex Education Comic Book,” with an August release date.
After that, I decided to browse no further. Turning off the computer, I reached for my recipe box for one of my ‘go to’ meatloaf recipes. The little tin box, which I have had for years, was filled with both handwritten and typed 3 x 5 cards, filed behind alphabetic tabs. I fingered back from A to M for meatloaf and plucked out a tried and true family favorite, Honey Mustard Meatloaf. A combination of ground beef and ground turkey, Honey Mustard Meatloaf is light fare with a touch of sweetness. Enjoy!
Honey mustard meatloaf
1/2-pound ground chuck
1/2-pound ground turkey
1/2-cup whole wheat bread crumbs
3 tablespoons ketchup
1 tablespoon a zesty honey mustard
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
Combine beef and turkey with breadcrumbs, egg, ketchup, honey mustard, Worcestershire, salt and pepper. Place mixture in a non-stick sprayed loaf pan.
1/4 cup ketchup
1-tablespoon zesty honey mustard
2 teaspoon brown sugar, packed
Bake for one hour in pre-heated 350-degree oven.
Makes four generous servings
Note: Recipe can be doubled
Bernadine Chapman-Cruz is a contributing writer for Big Monkey Group Publications. Raised in Stockton, she lives in Lodi with her husband, a cat named "L" and dog, "Forest." She enjoys writing, cooking and dining out.