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Easy and Delicious Meatloaf Recipe

Updated on March 29, 2008
 

Nothing says home style comfort food cooking like meatloaf. There are so many different ways to make meatloaf. Many people have one favorite recipe they stick with all the time, and others vary their preparation technique quite frequently. If you're looking for an easy and delicious meatloaf recipe, here's one that you're sure to enjoy!

Simple Meatloaf Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 2 pounds ground round or ground sirloin
  • 1 1/2 cups fine bread crumbs (I use Progresso)
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped (red, yellow, or white ... choose the type you prefer)
  • 1/4 cup of egg substitute (Egg Beaters or a similar brand)
  • 1/2 teaspoon of black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt
  • 2/3 cup of water
  • 8 ounces of tomato sauce
  • 2 tablespoons of Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tablespoons of prepared mustard (yellow or brown)
  • 2 tablespoons of catsup

Preparation Instructions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place meat, breadcrumbs, onion, egg, pepper, salt, and half of the tomato sauce in a large bowl. Mix well, making sure all ingredients are thoroughly combined. Place in a meatloaf pan or form into a loaf and place in a casserole dish.

In a separate bowl, whisk together the rest of the tomato sauce and the remaining ingredients. When well combined, pour the sauce over the meatloaf.

Place in the oven and bake for approximately 90 minutes. When cooked, remove from oven and drain any grease that cooks out of the meat. Allow to sit for about 10 minutes, then slice and serve.

Variations:

If you like a lot of tomato flavor, try stirring in some canned diced tomatoes to the meat mixture. If you also want to give your meatloaf a little kick, use Rotel tomatoes instead of plain diced tomatoes. You can use the juice you drain from the canned tomatoes in the sauce instead of the water.

If you like cheesy meatloaf, you can sprinkle some Parmesan cheese into the meat mixture, or even stir in four - six ounces of shredded cheddar cheese. You can also sprinkle a little bit of cheese on top of the loaf for a cheesy topping.

Serving Suggestions:

Meatloaf is a delicious main dish that goes perfectly with hearty, comfort food style side dishes. Some of the most popular accompaniments for meatloaf include: mashed potatoes, macaroni and cheese, green bean casserole, rice and gravy, corn casserole, and other dishes.

If you have leftover meatloaf, it's hard to beat a delicious meatloaf sandwich. Many people enjoy cold meatloaf sandwiches, but others prefer them hot. If you like meatloaf sandwiches, you may even want to cook an extra meatloaf when preparing one for dinner. That way you'll have leftovers to enjoy for lunch for several days.

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    Mary Tinkler 

    10 years ago from Gresham

    Always nice to get some ideas....the mustard is a good one. My family like the meatloaf sandwiches iwth mustard, mayo and dill pickle (gotta try it before you knock it, tho it does sound weird).

    I also like to chop up green pepper and someitmes a jalepino pepper for some ooomph. My mother used to mix in some crushed corn flakes or grape nuts (better) not only to fill but to soak up flavor and keep the meatloaaf moist. Rethinking this I suspect that it also soaks up fat that would otherwise drain off in cooking!

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    Mary White 

    10 years ago from Mobile, AL

    Thanks JerseyGirl for your suggestions. Grated zuchinni also works very well when you want to "disguise" veggies from your family.

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    JerseyGirl 

    10 years ago from Jersey Shore

    Yum! I use a very similar recipe which happens to be one of those family hand me downs! I omit the salt, and use about 1/4 cup of grated cheese (whatever variety you may like). It keeps the meatloaf moist.

    I also use "Nathan's Steak Sauce" (available at most major supermarkets in lieu of the steak sauce, ketchup and mustard. It has a little bit of a sweet flavour, which makes the meatloaf just that more appealing.

    Since my family members are not big fans of veggies, I also "grate" a carrot and a celery stick and add it into the mix. You would be suprised that you hardly taste the veggie components, and again, makes the meatloaf moist.

    Great job that you did here! Hopefully everyone will enjoy!!!

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