Nice start with an excellent finish. I started with this recipe as the barbecue sauce and herb-seasoned croutons appealed to me. But that’s where my interest ended, as the rest of the recipe seemed very basic. So by the time I got done embellishing this recipe to my liking I guess the only resemblance it had to the original recipe was, for the most part, the barbecue sauce and herb-seasoned croutons. So…I used a ground beef, veal and pork mix – 2 pounds total, so I scaled this recipe to 6 servings. I processed the croutons into fine crumbs. I didn’t want an overpowering taste of barbecue sauce, so I reduced it by a third, to 1/2 cup (again, for the recipe scaled to 6 servings for 2 pounds of meat). I made up the difference with the milk (I used half-and-half, increasing it to 1/2 cup). I wanted some contrast in texture, so I added 1/2 c. each of chopped celery and green pepper, and 1 c. of chopped onion. It isn’t meatloaf without these ingredients, if you ask me. I more than tripled the garlic, to a full tablespoon, and added 2 tsp. of Montreal Steak Seasoning. I skipped the glaze altogether. Meatloaf and sugar don’t work for me. No regrets on that either. What started out as maybe a three star recipe turned out to be a 5-star recipe after, I admit, fairly significant changes.
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Nice start with an excellent finish. I started with this recipe as the barbecue sauce and...