Thursday, November 26, 2009

Upside-Down Meat Loaf

This recipe comes from the book Saving Dinner by Leanne Ely. I checked it out from the library and chose 3 recipes from it this week. Unfortunately, 2 of the 3 turned out worse than I would have liked but not really because they were bad recipes. I actually like the concept of the book. The recipes seem easy, there are a lot of them, and she recommends sides for each main dish. The organization of the book is not my favorite because I don't plan to follow her full week plan, but the ideas are good and quite simple.
I really liked the sauce on the top of the upside down meatloaf, but I had pre-chopped an onion and it ended up being super strong and taking over the whole meatloaf. I want to try this again with a freshly chopped onion to see what it really tastes like. I've not made a meatloaf with buttermilk and oats before, so I really want to try this another time.

  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 1 1/2 lbs extra lean ground beef
  • 1 3/4 cups oats
  • 3/4 cups buttermilk
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1/4 teaspoon ginger

Preheat oven to 350. Lightly grease a 5 X 9 inch loaf pan.
On the bottom of the pan, press brown sugar, then spread the ketchup over the sugar.
Meanwhile, in a large mixing bowl, combine remaining ingredients. Make a loaf out of mixture and place it carefully on top of the sugar/ketchup mixture in the loaf pan.
Bake for 45 minutes to an hour or until juice runs clear.

Mine took a good hour and 15 maybe longer to be done. I think that is because the onions were cold - everything was very cold. Who knows. It was just a bad meatloaf day. Next time I will definitely use a fresh onion and possibly saute it first.


  1. Second ingredient is 1/2 cup of ketchup.... It says sugar.....I own this cookbook, but am too lazy to walk out to my car to get it....can't wait to check out your other recipes!

  2. Thanks. I fixed it. I actually own this book now too so I went and double checked.



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