The Easiest Meatloaf Recipe Ever
I was never big on cooking, but within the last year or two, I've really gotten to liking it. Although my A.D.D. does kick in at times, I've found I'm actually able to keep my attention in one place when it comes to cooking. I guess holding a sharp object while trying to slice things makes the mind want to focus harder than if doing something with a fluffy pillow.
I was having a very vivid memory one day while chatting with a friend when we were both reminded about all of the gross food they used to serve us in school (High School in particular). Of course, there were a few meals that were actually really good; one of those being meatloaf. I don't know why it stuck in my head, but by the next day, I had the biggest craving for it. My dad had had a bunch of recipes he had gathered from friends, while in the military and old cookbooks that I'm not sure are even in print anymore. I thought I would find something in there, but amazingly there was nothing. Since I didn't find anything in his files, I searched all kinds of cookbooks for recipes, but none of them sounded fulfilling. I even searched the internet to no avail. One day, this recipe almost magically appeared out of nowhere. I'm not sure how or where it came from, but there it was, sitting on top of my laptop. Though I tweaked a few things to better suit the tastes of my family, you can keep it to the recipe or tweak it as you wish. This is also a great recipe for those mothers out there who are busy chasing your children around all day or shuttling them from school, practices, appointments, etc. It's easy to mix up and doesn't take any attention until it's done. It does take an hour to cook, but that just means an hour for the kids to get cleaned up and have the table set and ready to eat. Enjoy!
1 1/2 lbs Ground beef
3/4 C Italian flavored bread crumbs
2 Tbsp Worcestershire Sauce
1 Large Onion, chop or mince according to your family's liking
1 1/2 Tsp Salt
1/2 Tsp Pepper
1 Tsp Garlic Powder (optional. I use it as my family likes garlic)
1 Tsp Onion Powder (optional)
1/4 C Ketchup (or more if desired for top of loaf)
1. Preheat over to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
2. In a large bowl, mix all of your ingredients together. (You can mix it in your loaf pan, but it tends to get a bit messy and it is a little harder to thoroughly mix everything).
3. Transfer ingredients to loaf pan and shape into loaf.
4. Bake at 375 degrees for 1 hour or until done.
My brother is really picky when it comes to food, but he loves when I make meatloaf. It says a lot considering he doesn't like our mom's cooking. I don't like her cooking either, but I tolerate it to keep from hurting her feelings. (Gooey sentimental moment).