Meatloaf - Budget Meals Under 10 Dollars

I have always found that the dreaded and much maligned meatloaf is actually the ultimate comfort food in both stomach and wallet. This is a substantial meal at an average cost per serving of $1.20. You certainly cannot go wrong making this recipe on Sunday!

Doris's Delectable Meat Loaf

Makes 8 Servings

1 tablespoon olive oil

1 tablespoon butter

1 onion, chopped

1 cup mushrooms, chopped

1/2 cup sour cream

1 cup oatmeal

1 teaspoon salt

1/8 teaspoon pepper

1 pound ground beef

1/2 pound ground pork

1/3 cup ketchup

3 tablespoons mustard

2 tablespoons brown sugar

1. In a small saucepan, heat olive oil and butter over medium heat. Add onions and mushrooms. Cook and stir until vegetables are tender and mushrooms have given up their liquid. Continue cooking until the liquid evaporates. Remove to large bowl and let stand for 10 minutes.

2. Preheat oven to 350F. Add oatmeal, sour cream, salt, and pepper to mushroom mixture and mix well. Add ground meats, mixing with your hands until combined. Form into two loaves and place on a broiler pan.

3. In a small bowl, combine ketchup, mustard, and brown sugar and spoon over loaves. Bake for 60-70 minutes or until meat thermometer registers 165F. Tent meatloaves with foil and let stand for 10 minutes before serving.

For the best meatloaf, try combining all of the ingredients before you add the meat. Work the ensuing mixture as little as possible and don't compact it. Let the meatloaf stand for 10 minutes, covered, after it's cooked. Be sure to refrigerate leftovers promptly. Leftover meatloaf can be used in place of meatballs in many recipes and naturally the world famous meatloaf sandwich can be a great leftover for the week.

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