Mmm… Meatloaf

DSC_7503 (1600x1060)I thawed some of my homemade breakfast sausage and was wondering what to make with it.  Mrs J suggested meatloaf.  I thought that a splendid plan!  My sausage recipe departed from the one I linked to – I used white wine and left out the paprika.  I probably used more black pepper and garlic, too.

Anyway, I added ground beef half and half with the sausage and went with the Pioneer Woman’s meatloaf recipe.  I mostly followed it, no really significant departures.DSC_7498 (1600x1060)Before today I’ve always used a bread loaf pan but her mention of using a roasting pan put me of a mind to try this thing.  It worked pretty well but the chili sauce topping with the brown sugar burnt a crust onto the bottom that kept me from trying to use the drippings for gravy.  I was getting pretty darn hungry, too.  DSC_7499 (1600x1060)I kept poking it with my thermometer trying to hurry it and finally got it to say 160 degrees for me.  The loaf spent most of its time at 350 but I turned it up to 375 towards the last 20 minutes or so, wanting to see more caramelization of the topping – and to hurry it along – LOL!

The veggies were some of those from the freezer section that let you steam them right in the bag.  These were OK, nothing to rave about but they were certainly easy.