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Mustard-Apple Meatloaf

Mustard-Apple MeatloafAn easy and very tasty meatloaf using ground pork, applesauce, Dijon mustard and dry onion soup mix. Complete the comfort meal with steamed green beans and mashed potatoes.

Tips: We loved this meatloaf with the optional addition of baking it topped with 3 slices of bacon and a sprinkling of 1 tablespoon of brown sugar. We saved and refrigerated the drained drippings (aus jus) to use the next day for reheating slices of the leftover meatloaf in a skillet and then served them on split, buttered and toasted ciabatta rolls. They were the best hot meatloaf sandwiches we've ever eaten.

Recipe Ingredients:

2 pounds lean ground pork
1/2 cup applesauce
1/2 cup dry bread crumbs
1 (1-ounce) envelope dry onion soup mix
2 tablespoons Dijon-style mustard
Black pepper, to taste

Cooking Directions:

  1. In large mixing bowl, blend together ground pork, applesauce, breadcrumbs, onion soup mix, Dijon-style mustard and black pepper to taste.
  2. Turn mixture into loaf pan, pressing in lightly, and bake in 375ºF (190ºC) oven for 1 hour 15 minutes, until meat thermometer inserted reads 160ºF (70ºC).
  3. Let loaf rest 10 minutes before slicing to serve.

Makes 6 servings.

Optional: Top meat loaf with brown sugar and 2 to 3 slices bacon 30 minutes before done.

Recipe and photograph provided courtesy of Pork, Be Inspired®.