Easy Meatloaf

A couple weekends a month I try to make special meals for Josh (my husband) to take to work. I figured a warm homemade meal would be tastier than a cold sandwich. Doing this also gives me the opportunity to try new recipes. Sunday or Monday is when the cooking happens. It’s one dish that makes enough for a weeks worth of lunches. This is one of those recipes.

Super duper easy meatloaf (adapted from Better Homes and Gardens Cookbook 12th edition).

First time you make this, follow the directions. Each time after that feel free to change it up a bit. I feel you need to stick to the original recipe to start so you know what you may or may not want to change in the future. I always use the recipe as a go to for general guidelines, but at this point I play around with amounts of the ingredients.

Make sure you have a meat thermometer on hand before attempting this recipe. It’s far easier to stab the loaf of meat than attempting to slice in and see if the meat is still pink or not.

I can’t attest to how this tastes, but Josh loves it so I keep making it. It’s one of those quick and easy go to lunch recipes. Also, I’ve never made it with the saucey topping. If you try it with the topping, let me know what you think.


Easy Meatloaf

Ingredients:

Meatloaf ingredients:
2 eggs, beaten
3/4 cup milk
2/3 cup fine bread crumbs
1/4 cup chopped onion
2 tbsp parsley
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp sage, basil or oregano
1/8 tsp pepper (I almost always double pepper mmm)
1 1/2lbs ground beef, lamb, or pork
**hot sauce (optional)

Topping ingredients:
1/4 cup ketchup
2 tbsp brown sugar
1 tsp dry mustard

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350. In a bowl combine eggs and milk. Stir in remaining dry ingredients. If you wish, add hot sauce. I do this with a lot of the man specific dishes I make. We refer to this hot sauce as 'bum sauce' in our house so to not encourage our 2 1/2 year old to start using the A word.  Should you use this specific sauce, please keep in mind that you really only need a very small amount. I did go a bit crazy with the drops last time I made meatloaf but Josh didn't seem to mind one bit! He may have had a heart attack if he actually saw how much I put in. Seriously, a few drops goes a long way.

Add meat and mix well. It's easiest to mix with your hands. Transfer to a loaf pan. Bake for 60-90 minutes. Bake time will vary depending on your oven, your pan and the kind of meat you use. If you stick to beef as the main meat you'll want your internal temperature to reach at least 160. I buy meatloaf mix which consists of beef, pork and veal. With this mixture the temperature needs to reach at least 170, if not higher. I've found 90 minutes in the oven gives us the best results.

After removing from the oven, spoon off fat ... or not, I don't think it really matters but you may and it might depend on if your fat has pooled up ontop or on the sides. Combine topping ingredients and spread over meatloaf. Bake for an additional 10 minutes.

Enjoy!

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One Response to “Easy Meatloaf”

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    Caren — February 16, 2012 at 7:20 pm

    I made this meatloaf a couple weeks ago and will be making it again tonight

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