Crispy Onion Topped Meatloaf

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Honestly, I am not a fan of meatloaf. I never have been but it’s Sarah’s favorite.  She always talks about this meatloaf she had with John in Idaho that had French fries on top. Naturally,  we tried to recreate it!  We used thinly sliced scalloped potatoes for the first couple of times.  Unfortunately, it was unsuccessful. The potatoes wouldn't get crispy and the meatloaf was soft and didn’t keep shape.  My mom suggested using a sheet pan instead of a casserole dish to help it crisp all over.  She was right!  We swapped the potatoes for fried onion rings and it sealed the deal. 

Crispy Onion Topped Meatloaf

Meatloaf:

    - 1 pound ground beef - 1 pound ground pork - 2 eggs - ½ cup shredded Parmesan - 1 cup fresh breadcrumbs - ¾ cup ketchup, divided - 4 cloves garlic, minced - ¼ white onion, minced - 1 tablespoon thyme - Salt and pepper to taste

    1. Preheat oven to 350°F. 1. Line a baking sheet with foil. Place a baking rack on top and line that with foil. Using a knife, slit a couple of holes in the foil so the grease can drain down. Spray lightly with cooking spray. 1. In a large bowl, gently mix together the ground beef, ground pork, eggs, Parmesan, breadcrumbs, ½ cup ketchup, garlic, onion, thyme, salt and pepper. 1. Once mixed well, shape the meat into a loaf on the baking sheet. 1. Top with the remaining ¼ cup ketchup and bake for 45 minutes or until the internal temperature reaches 160°F. Remove from the oven and let rest for 10 minutes before slicing.

Fried Onions:

    - 1 large Vidalia (or sweet yellow) onion, sliced thin - ½ cup buttermilk - 1 cup flour - ½ teaspoon cayenne - Salt and pepper to taste - 1 cup canola oil

    1. While the meatloaf is baking, make the fried onions. 1. Place the onions and buttermilk in a bowl. Let sit for 20 minutes. While the onions are soaking in buttermilk, heat the oil. 1. Add one cup of oil to a cast iron skillet and bring the temperature up to 350°F. 1. Place the flour, cayenne, salt and pepper in a shallow dish. 1. Using tongs, shake the excess buttermilk off the onions and dip into the flour tossing to coat. Shake the excess flour off the onions and carefully place in the hot oil. Work in batches making sure not to overcrowd the pan. 1. Fry until the onions are golden brown and crisp, flipping once. Remove from oil onto a paper towel lined plate and sprinkle with salt. 1. Slice the meatloaf and top each slice with a handful of fried onions and enjoy!
"It's safe to say I have a newfound admiration for meatloaf. This recipe is now a family favorite!" ~Carrie
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