Apple Butter Meat Loaf {for two}

It's comfort food time, people. So, put on your stretchy pants and lets get started on that 10 pounds of holiday weight, shall we? 

(I'm sort of kidding. Don't gain 10 pounds this holiday season. It's not healthy. But if you enjoy food, like us, indulge in moderation!)

My good friend Rachael was raving about her mother-in-law's apple butter meatloaf one night at our weekly Wednesday dinner. She said this meatloaf is savory and sweet. Juicy. Comforting. All things you want in a meatloaf and more. 

Naturally, Rachael was kind enough to share this recipe with me, and I made it just as her sweet mother-in-law advised. It was fabulous. 

Fabulous, people. 

And I was thrilled that we had enough for leftovers for our lunches the next day. True to fashion, the second time I made her recipe, I modified it to fit two people (perhaps with enough leftover for lunch?) and the ingredients I happened to have on hand. Here are the equally delicious results: 

Apple Sauce Meatloaf for Two. 

Modified from Dee’s Apple Butter Meatloaf

You'll need: 
1/2 lb. lean ground beef (93% lean)
1/2 lb. lean ground pork
1 medium/large sized apple, peeled & grated (I used an apple from my brother's tree)
½ c. bread crumbs
½ tsp. ground nutmeg
½ tsp. clove
¼ tsp. sea salt or kosher salt (optional)
¼ tsp. black pepper

Topping:¾ c. apple sauce (I used home-canned from my brother's apple tree)

Directions: Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Set out a rimmed cookie sheet and a metal baking rack. You can also use the broiler rack that came with your oven.

In a mixing bowl, combine the ground beef, ground pork, apple, and spices together well. Add the  breadcrumbs, just until the mix “holds” together. You may not need all of the breadcrumbs. Form your mixture into one or two loaf shapes and place on the wire rack overtop of your cookie sheet. You're using the rack to let all the fat drip away, so the meatloaf isn't boiling away in a pool of grease.

Note: If you would rather cook the meatloaf in a loaf pan, then Rachael recommends you, "Poke a few holes (I use my finger…shoot me!) in the meatloaf at spaced intervals, this helps to pool all the juices that will need drained away."

Bake covered at 400 for 45 minutes – then pull from oven and spread the ¾ c. apple sauce on top and place back in the oven, for 20 minutes. 

Serve your savory, sweet, juicy meatloaf with whatever side dish blows your skirt up. John's skirt gets all frisky when I make couscous. So, we had whole wheat couscous with bacon and peas with our Apple Sauce Meatloaf.

And it was perfect.

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  1. I love meatloaf. This looks great. I never thought to use apples, but it makes sense! Sweet and savory.

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