Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Maggie's Meatloaf

Meatloaf is one of those things that I never measure ingredients on so feel free to play around with the measurements to suit your own taste.  I forgot to take a picture of my meatloaf before it got devoured (it doesn't last long around here!) so I borrowed the pic below from Bubblecrumb- it looks just like mine!

2 lbs. ground beef
1 envelope dried onion soup mix
2 T. worchestershire sauce
2 T. ketchup
1 tsp. paprika
5 grinds black pepper
1/4 tsp. seasoned salt
2 eggs
1/2-3/4 c. Italian style bread crumbs


3/4 c. ketchup
2 tsp. mustard
3 tbs. brown sugar

Preheat your oven to 375 degrees.  Combine all meatloaf ingredients in a large bowl. Remove any rings and get in there with your hands to mix it up.  This is really the only way to ensure that everything is mixed well and has the right texture.  Start with the smaller amount of bread crumbs and add more if needed.  You can always sub crushed crackers, chips, etc.  Get creative!  You want the meat to hold together but not be too dry.  When everything is mixed press it into a regular sized loaf pan.  Press the top so it's nice and flat. 

Combine the sauce ingredients and spread evenly over the top of the meat mixture.  The sauce really makes this recipe so please give it a try!!

Bake for 1-1.5 hours until a meat thermometer registers 160 degrees.  I like to serve w/ mashed potatoes and a veggie.  This is great with homemade ketchup as well.

Tip- I use this same meat mixture when making hamburger patties and meatballs.  A multi-purpose recipe! Love it!

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