2/3 cup dry bread crumbs
1 cup milk
1.5 pounds lean ground beef
2 slightly beaten eggs
¼ cup fresh chopped onion
1 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon ground pepper
½ teaspoon ground sage
3 tablespoons brown sugar
¼ cup ketchup
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 teaspoon dry ground mustard
Mix all of the meatloaf ingredients. Mix well, but not excessively (over handling the ground beef makes it tough.) Put the meatloaf mixture in a greased or lightly sprayed loaf pan.
Mix all of the topping ingredients. Spread on the top of the meatloaf mixture before baking.
Bake at 350 degrees until center of meatloaf is done – approximately one hour. To test for doneness, cut into the center of the meatloaf
Remove the meatloaf from the loaf pan immediately and place on a plate or serving platter. Allow to rest for about 5 minutes. Leaving the meatloaf in the loaf pan will allow it to absorb the grease from the baking process.
Optional ingredient – pre-cooked bacon on top of the meatloaf mixture before the topping is applied.
Optional ingredient – fold into meatloaf mixture chunks of sharp cheddar cheese.
Serve with fresh salad and baked or mashed potatoes.