Friday, February 27, 2009

From Our Kitchen to Yours: Meat Loaf with Piquant Sauce

When we were married, a friend gave us a copy of an AAUW (The American Association of University Women) Cookbook from 1976. It includes recipes from the Hamilton, Ohio branch.

After all these years, I still use this little cookbook and one of our favorite dishes is the meat loaf recipe. According to the original source, member Linda Baker, it was a family favorite of theirs for 18 years before the cookbook was published.

Meat Loaf with Piquant Sauce

2/3 cup dry bread crumbs
1 teaspoon salt
2/3 cup milk
1 1/2 pounds ground beef
2 beaten eggs
1/4 cup grated onion
1/2 teaspoon sage
dash pepper

Sauce:
3 tablespoons brown sugar
1/4 cup catsup
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1 teaspoon dry mustard

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Soak the bread in milk. Add all but the meat and mix well. Add the meat and shape into a loaf. Combine sauce ingredients and cover the meat loaf with the sauce. Cover and bake 1 hour. Uncover and bake another 15 to 20 minutes.

Yield: 4 to 5 servings.

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