Meatloaf with Roasted Tomatoes
1/2 cup ketchup
2 Tbsp. dark brown sugar
1/2 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
1/4 cup whole milk
2 large eggs-lightly beaten
1 small onion grated
1 tsp. dried thyme
salt and pepper to taste
1 lb. ground beef
1/2 lb. ground pork
1 lb. small tomatoes- on the vine or halved small plum tomatoes
Heat the oven to 400 degrees. Whisk together 1/4 cup of the ketchup and the brown sugar in a small bowl; set aside.
Combine the oats and milk in a large bowl. Let stand until the oats are soft, 5 minutes. Whisk in the eggs, onion, thyme, the remaining 1/4 cup of ketchup, 3/4 tsp. salt and 1/2 tps. pepper. Add the beef and pork and gently mix with your hands until just combined.
Transfer to a 9-by-13-inch or other 3-quart baking dish and form into an 8-by-5-inch oval. Brush the top and sides of the meat loaf with the sweetened ketchup. Arrange the tomatoes around the sides.
Bake until an instant-read thermometer inserted in the center of the meat loaf registers 165 degrees, 40-50 minutes. Let rest for 5 minutes before slicing.
I have to say, I am not a meatloaf fan. I mean the name of the meal is MEAT LOAF, it just sounds gross. I hated meatloaf night when I was young and still to this day just really don’t like it. But…..that all changed as soon as I tasted this gem. This should not be called meatloaf, it should just be called delicious.
Have it with a side of mashed potatoes and some butter beans and you have yourself a wonderful, southern, comfort food meal. Oh, don’t forget the sweet tea.