Meat Loaf, he says, again, he says… {Recipe}

Once upon a time, I was flipping through my Better Homes and Gardens Cookbook and stumbled upon a recipe for meat loaf. Not only is it one recipe, but on the facing page there is another ten varieties to change it up a little with the glaze. This has become an absolute favorite of the Enginerd’s for me me to cook. I know that when he shows up with fresh veggies and two pounds of ground meat he’s asking for meat loaf.

The thing that is so friendly about this recipe is that you can truly tweak it to what is available.

Two pounds of ground meat. Want lean? Use turkey. Want excitement? Mix it! Some turkey with some beef or some pork with some beef. Want standard? Use ground beef. I will tell you that I prefer not along the lines of the 95/5 variety. As with meat loaf the meat goes in raw, and drainage is not exactly an easy option. Whatever your preference, it works.

Then you need veggies. The standard is carrots, mushrooms, and onions. But again, it is easy to switch it up. I like raw regular orange carrots, sliced baby Bella portebella mushrooms, and frozen diced onions. But pretty much I can picture anything chopped small hidden within to work in the recipe.

Sometimes I get out the cuisinarte and truly chop it up small. Other times I chuck the mushrooms simply sliced and baby carrots in (like tonight).

A large glass bowl and something to stir with is a must. Two large eggs, beat ’em up. Add then bread crumbs, any variety but I like panko. Squeeze in the ketchup good and hard and then a little squeeze of Dijon mustard. Add to that über sprinkles of Worcestershire sauce and a scoop of minced garlic and you’re started.

Add the veggies to the mix and stir it up. Then add in the two pounds of raw meat. From there I either get in with my fingers and smoosh it all around until fairly evenly mixed. Or I just chop it with a spoon until I’m satisfied.

I then put the mix in two eye-ball even Pyrex loaf pans. Into the oven for 80 minutes. Or as my oven prefers, 1 hour:20 minutes. When the time is nearing, I pull it out and put on the glaze of choice.

Tonight, we went old fashioned with the cookbook original. 1/2 cups of ketchup, a gentle squeeze of Dijon mustard, and a packed 1/4 cup of brown sugar. Frankly, we vary it between light or dark brown sugar as both works. It is honestly more of a whatever I grab from my bakers pantry first.

Drizzle on the glaze that I mixed in a glass 2-C measuring cup and bake a few minutes longer. Usually, about 15-20 more. ThenI pull it out, let it sit and then those that depend on me for sustienance wander in drawn by the smell. It the Enginerd is outside, I turn on the kitchen vent fan and he gets the fragrance in the air and comes in. It is better than a dinner bell and works every time.

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Meat Loaf
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Yes! This is the classic meat loaf recipe you're looking for--the one that's topped with that irresistible ketchup and brown sugar glaze. No doubt about it--this is one of the all-time-best ground beef recipes around!
Servings Prep Time
2 loafs 20 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
80 minutes 10 minutes
Servings Prep Time
2 loafs 20 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
80 minutes 10 minutes
Meat Loaf
Print Recipe
Yes! This is the classic meat loaf recipe you're looking for--the one that's topped with that irresistible ketchup and brown sugar glaze. No doubt about it--this is one of the all-time-best ground beef recipes around!
Servings Prep Time
2 loafs 20 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
80 minutes 10 minutes
Servings Prep Time
2 loafs 20 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
80 minutes 10 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: loafs
Recipe Notes

In a large bowl combine eggs and milk; Worcestershire, a few tablespoons of ketchup and Dijon mustard; stir in bread crumbs, onion, veggies, salt, and pepper. Add ground meat; mix lightly. Lightly pat mixture into two 8x4x2-inch loaf pans.

Bake in a 350 degree F oven for 1 to 1-1/4 hours or until internal temperature registers 160 degrees F. In a bowl, or glass measuring cup, combine ketchup, brown sugar, and mustard; spread over meat. Bake for 10 minutes more. Let stand for 10 minutes before cutting into eight slices. Or just scoop out with a serving spoon.

Makes 8 servings or thereabouts. We've had much better luck dividing the meatloaf into two pans rather than shoving it all into one. We are good for a meal, and often there are leftovers.

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About CherryBlossomMJ

The Creative Madness Mama also known as Margaret is a Christian Stay-at-home Mama, married to the Enginerd, Quilter, avid reader and book-a-holic. A book blogger for bunches of different publicists. She loves to share the latest and greatest about books coming out as well as her quilt and other crafty projects with some pictures of her eight-year-old AppleBlossom, three-year-old Almond Blossom (the Rascal boy!), six-year-old OrangeBlossom (the Princess), and newborn Mermaid Warrior in between. Plotting to be a homeschooler, she's a cloth diapering, breastfeeding, babywearing, list making mama full of a little creative and a lot of madness.

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