1 Lb. Lean Ground Beef
1 Lb. Ground Pork
1/2 c Dry Bread Crumbs
3/4 c Minced Onions
1 TB Minced Garlic
2 Large Eggs
1/2 c Cold Milk
1/2 c Ketchup
1 1/2 tsp. Salt
1 1/2 tsp. Fresh Ground Black Pepper
1 1/2 tsp. Ground Allspice
1 1/2 tsp. Dried Thyme, Crumbled
1 c Gingered Applesauce
3 TB Apple Cider Or Apple Juice
2 TB Light Brown Sugar, Firmly: Packed
1 TB Dijon Mustard
Preheat the oven to 375 F. Lightly butter a roasting pan.
Combine the beef, pork, bread crumbs, onion, and garlic in a large mixing bowl. In a separate bowl, lightly beat the eggs. Beat in the milk, ketchup, and seasonings and add to the meat. Mix with your hands just until well combined. (A wooden spoon won't do the job as well as your hands.)
Shape the meat into an oval loaf in the buttered roasting pan and bake until evenly browned, 50 minutes.
Combine the applesauce, apple cider, brown sugar, and heat over medium heat until the sugar is dissolved, about 2 minutes.
Pour the applesauce mixture over the meat loaf, covering it well, and continue baking until the top is golden brown, 20 to 25 minutes longer. Remove the meat loaf from the oven and let it rest for 5 minutes before serving.
Makes 6 to 8 entree servings.