I am not a meatloaf fan at all.
In fact, I probably make meatloaf once a year, and that’s only because my kids are constantly requesting it and I just want them to shut up. I don’t even have a regular recipe that I use; whenever I decide to bite the bullet and make it, I have to look online or in an old cookbook for something that sounds easy.
It’s not like I would ever have asked my mom for her recipe either; I hated meatloaf as a kid, and she made it too often, as far as I was concerned.
So about a year ago, when AJ ordered meatloaf at The French Market in Disneyland, I was surprised that the sight of meatloaf could actually make my mouth water.
His meatloaf was covered with a creamy white sauce that made me wish I had ordered it instead of the red beans and rice that was sitting in front of me on my own plate. I had only eaten (and made) meatloaf with a tomatoey, ketchup-based sauce, so seeing meatloaf with a sauce that was obviously made with heavy cream looked amazing. Cream (and butter) makes everything delicious, right? I begged him for a bite (or two) and it was the best meatloaf I had ever tasted. I vowed to look for a similar recipe once we got home.
Back at home and after a little googling, I found this recipe from LifeAmbrosia that sounded like it would turn out pretty close to the meatloaf at Disneyland. I was very happy with the results! That is so weird to say. Never in my life could I imagine a meatloaf recipe would make me happy.
This meatloaf is made with a combination of ground beef and breakfast sausage, and then covered with a rich sauce made of heavy cream and fresh herbs. I mean, how can you go wrong with heavy cream and fresh herbs? I loved it, as did my husband, kids, son-in-law, and grandkids. It is fantastic! Is this a good thing? I don’t know. I’m afraid that may mean I am willing to make meatloaf more than once a year now.
Even if you think you don’t like meatloaf, I encourage you to go to the LifeAmbrosia blog and make this recipe! This is seriously, the best meatloaf recipe I have ever tried.
The only thing I did differently than the recipe calls for is cook the meatloaf 15 minutes longer – so baking time might vary with your oven too. Be sure sure to let it cool a bit before slicing, and then drench it with that awesome, rich, creamy sauce.
You will not have leftovers.