Comfort food is defined in the Urban Dictionary as, “Food that gives emotional comfort to the one eating it. These tend to be favorite foods of childhood, or linked to a person, place or time with which the food has a positive association.” That’s Carol Bushmeyer’s meatloaf!
As we recently ‘celebrated’ the death of this great friend who died on the first day of Spring in 2018, we toasted her wonderful life and turned to the epitome of comfort food with making her meatloaf recipe. There are many twists to meatloaf, but Carol hit all of the right buttons; very moist but not runny, tasty, a sweet tomato topping, and just the right amount of ‘zing’ from the hot sauce to distinguish it from just a bland meal. It truly is a dish which calls you for a second (or third) helping, so be careful that you do not overeat! Plus, it stores well for leftovers, whether alone or as a meatloaf sandwich.
Please enjoy and think of Carol when you get after this dish!
Meatloaf – Carol Bushmeyer’s Version
2 lbs ground beef
1 can tomato soup (Pacific brand for Gluten Free)
1 package dry onion soup **See Below for a Gluten Free Substitution**
1 cup oatmeal
1/2 cup skim milk or 1/2 cup dry red wine
**Gluten Free Substitution for dry onion soup mix**
4 pkg Herb-ox dry beef bouillon
8 tsp onion flakes
1 tsp onion powder
1/4 tsp pepper
Mix loaf ingredients together and place in a 9×13 pan.
2 cups ketchup
1/4 cup Truvia (scant) or 1/2 – 3/4 cup sugar
4 Tbsp mustard
4 tsp Frank’s Hot Sauce
Mix and pour over the top of the loaf.
Bake at 350 degree for 50-75 minutes.
Scalloped Corn – Carol Bushmeyer’s Version
1 can cream style corn
1 can whole kernel corn, drained (save 1/4 cup of liquid)
1 cup sour cream
1 box Jiff corn bread mix **Gluten Free Mix use 1 1/4 cup**
1/2 cup butter (1 stick), melted
Beat eggs in a large bowl
Add and Stir: sour cream, corn, and corn bread mix
Add and Stir: melted butter and 1/4 cup corn juice
Pour into a greased 9×13 casserole dish
Bake at 375 degrees for 45 minutes.