WHY MAKE THIS RECIPE?
Try my mother’s handwritten recipe from childhood. It was my guide for this recipe. I don’t remember ever eating a meatloaf as good as hers. Many people in my audience agree!
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Coat a 5×9 loaf pan with cooking spray and set aside.
Combine the beef, crackers, egg, milk, ketchup, onion and spices. Mix together with your hands until thoroughly combined.
Pour the mixture into the. Place the pan on a rimmed baking sheet and bake in the preheated oven for 1 1/2 hours.
In a small bowl, combine ketchup, brown sugar, apricot preserves and Worcestershire sauce. Mix well.
Spread half of the mixture evenly over the meatloaf halfway through baking.
Let meatloaf sit for 15 minutes before slicing and serving. Use the remainder of the sauce for dipping/topping.
Be careful not to over mix! Mix until all ingredients are just combined. Over-mixing can create a different, denser texture.