Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Babka's Meatloaf with Sweet and Sour Sauce

When I met my husband he told me in no uncertain terms that he hated meatloaf and he hated Mexican food. Wrong. I just knew he would change his mind. You see his Mom never made Mexican food or meatloaf so it no reflection on her. The food she made was absolutely wonderful and always full of her love. No his turnoff to foods like meatloaf an Mexican were caused by an occassional meal here and there. Just because you try food made by a Mexican and don't like it, doesnt mean you don't like Mexican food. Same goes for meatloaf as their are oodles and noodles of different ways to prepare meatloaf. If you have your own tried and true way, I urge you to try different ways once in a while to find surprisingly new flavors that you might love. Such was the case for me and meatloaf.

Not too long ago my Mom made meatloaf. I was impressed by the flavors so I asked her how she did it. That was when she told me that it was my Babka's recipe. Of course I swooned because there are not too many things that I can feel close to her about. She died when I was seven. I remember her but only vaguely. Making someone's recipe makes you feel more tied to them and closer to them if only they are in spirit.

Babka's Meatloaf

1 1/2 pounds of ground beef
1 egg
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1 finely chopped onion
1 cup bread crumbs
2 teaspoon worcestshire sauce
1 (16 oz) can or two cups tomato sauce
1/2 cup water
3 tablespoons cider vinegar
3 tablespoons brown sugar
2 tablespoon mustard

Combine beef, crumbs, onion, egg, s and p, and 1/2 cup sauce. In another bowl combine remainder of ingredients. Pour half over meatloaf. Bake at 350F for one hour and fifteen minutes. Baste occassionally with the remainder of the sauce.


Sara said...

This sure looks good! Whenever I ask my husband what he wants for dinner, he almost always says meatloaf. I'll have to give this version a try.

kat said...

There is nothing like a good meatloaf & this one is extra special because of its history

Shelly said...

My recipe for meatloaf came from my Auntie Boots, just last week I was thinking I'd like to try a new recipe. Are you a mind reader? ;)

Grace said...

hooray for meatloaf and hooray for recipes passed down through the generations!

Maris said...

This sounds delicious! I agree with you - no man doesnt like mexican food!

My dad thought he was allergic to shrimp his whole life but one of his brothers swears that he had just gotten food poisoning. LOL. who knows!

redmenace said...

I've been thinking of meatloaf lately. It's gotta come back into style, right?! The ultimate comfort food. Thanks!

The Blonde Duck said...

I would die without Mexican food. I'm going to try this meatloaf. Ben hates meatloaf, so maybe I can change his mind!

Bunny said...

I confess I'm not a very good meatloaf maker Lori, this sounds like a very good recipe and I'll try it this week.