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My Husband's favorite dish! My Meatloaf!

Updated on February 19, 2015
5 stars from 2 ratings of Our favorite Meatloaf

Meatloaf all day everyday?

My husband says he can eat meatloaf all day everyday! I wanted to put together a recipe together that we all loved, so that I can make it the same way every time. This is the result of several experiments that my husband was happy to be a part of. We loved it! I used fresh spices from my mother-in-law's garden and some organic ingredients. I used Sofrito instead of mincing onion, garlic, and peppers, because I usually have Sofrito already made and in the refrigerator. The spices make this meatloaf flavorful and aromatic. From our family to yours, we hope you enjoy!

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Chopped Spices with parsley set aside
Chopped Spices with parsley set aside | Source
Defrosted hashbrown
Defrosted hashbrown | Source
Mix ingredients in a bowl using your hands
Mix ingredients in a bowl using your hands | Source
Transfer mixture into a meatloaf pan
Transfer mixture into a meatloaf pan | Source
Stick a fork in it, it's done!
Stick a fork in it, it's done! | Source
Dinner is served!
Dinner is served! | Source

Cook Time

Prep time: 10 min
Cook time: 45 min
Ready in: 55 min
Yields: Serves 6-8 people

Ingredients

  • 2 lbs Organic Ground Chuck Beef
  • 2 hashbrowns, defrosted, diced, and crumbled (or 1 med potato- grated)
  • 3 tbsp Italian Bread Crumbs
  • 1tsp Fresh thyme or 1/2 tsp dry, chopped fine
  • 1 tsp Fresh dill or 1/2 tsp dry, chopped fine
  • 1 tsp Fresh rosemary or 1/2 tsp dry, chopped fine
  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire Sauce
  • 1/2 tsp or as desired Salt
  • 1/2 tsp or as desired Ground black pepper
  • 1-2 tablespoons Sofrito, or saute 1/4 onion (diced), 1 garlic clove(minced) and 1/4 bell pepper (diced) in butter
  • 1 egg
  • 3 tbsp organic milk, (use more if the mixture is very dry)
  • 1 tbsp Weber's Gourmet Burger seasoning, (Optional) but really tasty :)
  • 1tsp Fresh Parsley, For garnish
  • 5tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar, For the sauce
  • 5tbsp Organic sugar, For the sauce
  • 1/2 tsp Garlic Powder, For the sauce
  • 1/2cup Ketchup (no high fructose corn syrup), (or use Heinz chili sauce;it's very tasty but not as good for you) For the sauce

Steps

  1. Preheat oven to 375 F. Mix all the ingredients in a bowl. You can test the mixture by taking out a teaspoon full and cooking it in a pan. If the balance of flavors tastes right to you, then transfer into a meatloaf pan.
  2. Mix all the sauce ingredients and pour half of the sauce on the meatloaf and let the sauce get in between the glass and the meatloaf on all sides.
  3. Watch the meatloaf in the oven, periodically, so that you can make sure it's not drying out. If it looks like it is, add 1-2 tablespoons of water or the rest of the sauce to to the sides and cover with foil.
  4. Bake for 30-35 min on 375 F. Add the rest of the sauce and bake (if dry) or broil (if wet) for 10-15 more minutes. Cooking time depends on how wet or dry the mixture was and how powerful your oven is; please make sure to keep an eye on it. If you can stick a butter knife in it and it comes out clean and you can't see any pink inside then it's done. For example, I needed 15-20 more minutes, when I used a grated potato versus store bought hash browns. Another thing you can do if it is too wet, is to slice it after baking the meatloaf for the initial time and then baking or broiling it sliced for 10-15 minutes. Let the meatloaf stand for 10 min then slice, serve, and enjoy!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Michelle,

      This looks yummy! I have never heard of Sofrito though! Love all the fresh herbs added. Cheers for sharing this favorite. voted up, useful, interesting, shared!

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      Insightful Tiger 4 years ago

      Thank you so much for reading, voting, sharing, and commenting! I love to cook with lots of herbs as well;the flavors and smells gets them every time!

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      Tirralan Watkins 4 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      Oh wow, you must be a great cook. You've got so many good recipes. No wonder your husband likes you to share them. This looks great!

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      Insightful Tiger 4 years ago

      Thank you so much for your kind comment! I'm so glad you like the recipe. I enjoy cooking and trying new things and my husband likes to eat, so it works out, haha.

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      torrilynn 4 years ago

      hi insightfultiger,

      great recipe that you have here on meatloaf

      whenever my mom would make meatloaf I never liked it

      this is a different recipe and Im more than happy to try

      the same food again if there is a different recipe

      you are awesome. thanks

      Voted up and shared.

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      Insightful Tiger 4 years ago

      Hi Torrilynn, I'm glad you want to try it, and you'e awesome-r :) Thanks for the vote and share!

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      Kathryn 4 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      Hashbrowns and sour cream? I love meatloaf, but I have never tried those in it! Sounds tasty! I will have to try out your version soon.

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      Insightful Tiger 4 years ago

      It was a yummy experiment :) I hope you enjoy it and thank you so much for reading and commenting!

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      moonlake 4 years ago from America

      This looks so good. This is also a favorite dish for my husband we just had it last week. I will have to try your recipe. Voted up.

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      Insightful Tiger 4 years ago

      Thanks moonlake! I hope you two enjoy it! Thanks for voting, stopping by, and leaving a nice comment

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