Dynamite meatloaf

Everyone thinks their mama's meatloaf is the best. Today, I am here to say that they are incorrect. This meatloaf, my friends, is the best. I am not kidding.

If you don't think you like meatloaf, try this. I need you to understand that I rarely claim to have a "best" anything. Probably never before. But for this, I will stick my neck out there. It is that good.

Sometimes I just want meatloaf. My son's favorite food is mashed potatoes, so meatloaf and mashed taters are regulars in our menu rotation. When I make it, I make a huge amount, because ain't nuthin' wrong with a bunch of leftover meatloaf sitting in the fridge, waiting to be a sandwich or a packed lunch. It's not a fancy dinner but because this version is so good, I'd even feel comfortable serving it to company. That is confidence in your meatloaf, folks.

This meatloaf is made so special with the addition of one ingredient. It's a little spicy, thanks to the addition of World Fusion Gourmet's Dynamite Sauce. I've written about the stuff on several other occasions. It's a staple in my refrigerator and I like to add it to many dishes that need to be taken to another level.

If you don't have any, get some. If you can't get some, you can make a facsimile with 1 cup mayo, 1/4 cup of Sriracha hot sauce, and a dash of sugar. Double it and keep some around for sandwiches.

Megan's Big and Beautiful Spicy Meatloaf
For the meat mixture:
3 lbs ground beef
1 lb ground turkey
1/2 cup dynamite sauce
3 eggs
1 cup panko bread crumbs
3/4 cup milk
1/4 cup soy sauce
2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
1/2 cup diced onion
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 cup mustard
1/3 cup ketchup

Note: Add more panko if you feel like your meat mixture is too wet.

Mix everything together. You're gonna get your hands dirty with this one. Just embrace the squish.

Form it into a loaf shape atop a broiler pan. This is really key. If you don't have a broiler pan, go get one. I make it kind of wide and low, not tall and thick — that way it cooks quickly and evenly.

Top with the amazing (if weird-sounding) dynamite topping:

1/2 cup Dynamite Sauce
1/3 cup ketchup
1/4 cup mustard
1/4 cup brown sugar
Dash of Worcestershire sauce

Mix thoroughly, and smear atop your giant meatloaf. Make more if it doesn't completely cover it.

Bake at 350 degrees for half an hour or until the edges start to get brown and even a tiny bit crunchy (my family says that's the best part). But be careful not to overcook or it will get dry. I'm not afraid of it being a tiny bit pink inside, but that's a matter of preference.

Just trust me on this, friends. You'll never go back.


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