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Anything Goes Meatloaf

Updated on March 9, 2016
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I call my recipe Anything Goes Meatloaf because I never make it the same way twice. That's the one main thing I like about meatloaf; you can switch the ingredients around, make it spicy, meaty, or full of vegetables depending on what you have on hand.

Make a few up at the same time and freeze them before cooking them. This makes a perfect meal for those too busy to cook days, especially around holiday time.

Basically I start with the main ingredient being ground beef or ground turkey. If you've never made meatloaf before, breadcrumbs, and an egg will be needed to keep the loaf together.

Photo Source: Susan Zutautas

Prep time: 10 min
Cook time: 1 hour
Ready in: 1 hour 10 min
Yields: 4-5 people

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds of lean ground beef
  • 1/2 cup of bread crumbs
  • 4 -5 shakes of Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 large egg
  • Garlic powder or fresh garlic
  • Fresh ground pepper
  • Dried thyme
  • 1/2 green pepper chopped
  • 5 green onions chopped
  • 1/4 cup of sliced green olives
  • 1/2 cup of frozen peas
  • 1/4 cup of ketchup
  • 2 Tbs. of Dijon mustard of choice

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Spray an oven safe casserole dish or bread pan with cooking spray. (Much easier for cleanup)
  3. Prepare and chop all the vegetables that you'll be using and set aside.
  4. In a large bowl combine the ground beef, bread crumbs, Worcestershire sauce, and the egg, mixing gently.
  5. Next add all of the spices, olives, chopped vegetables, and frozen peas, then mix again.
  6. Firmly press the mixture into the loaf pan or casserole dish. With your fingertips go around the edges of the dish making a small trench. This will make draining the meatloaf easier when it is time to serve.
  7. Pop into the oven for about an hour to an hour and fifteen minutes or until cooked.
  8. Remove from the oven, carefully drain the fat, let sit for five minutes before slicing and serving.

How do you make your meatloaf?

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Rachael Ray Oven Lovin' Non-Stick 2-Piece Meatloaf Pan Set, Orange
Rachael Ray Oven Lovin' Non-Stick 2-Piece Meatloaf Pan Set, Orange

Have to love Rachael Ray's cookware. With this meatloaf pan you'll find that draining the fat is so easy as you simply lift the loaf out of the pan once it is cooked. This pan can be used in an over up to 500 degrees, is nonstick, and has extra wide handles for a confident grasp.

 

Do you like meatloaf, and what is your favorite ingredient to put in meatloaf?

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      Susan Zutautas 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      @SheGetsCreative: I'll have to try the diced tomatoes. I often will use salsa but had not thought of tomatoes before.

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      Angela F 4 years ago from Seattle, WA

      I've never used ketchup but I do like to add a cup of diced tomatoes.

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      Susan Zutautas 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      @sousababy: I agree, ground turkey makes a great meatloaf.

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      sousababy 4 years ago

      Homemade barbeque sauce - and hey, even with ground turkey it's great. Thanks for a brand new idea (I'd never have thought of olives).

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      Stuwaha 4 years ago

      I love the idea of putting olives in your meatloaf!

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      Susan Zutautas 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      @Nancy Hardin: I love to see how creative I can get with meatloaf :) Thanks Nancy!

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      Susan Zutautas 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      @Ruthi: Mushrooms are great in meatloaf too!

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      Susan Zutautas 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      @anonymous: Sometimes I put frozen corn in if I don't have the peas.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Love meatloaf! It's an excuse to eat ketchup (Muir Glen Organic is the best)! I've tried different ingredients over the years, but come back to that basic recipe. Usually, I mash the peas on the side. I'll have to try them in the meatloaf!

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      Ruthi 4 years ago

      Your meatloaf recipe sounds yummy! I'd have to toss in a cup of mushrooms, too.

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      Nancy Carol Brown Hardin 4 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      We have meatloaf pretty often, because it's one of my son's favorites. I have a pretty standard recipe that I probably should share too. Your recipe sounds delightful, because it's so versatile and I can well imagine using varied ingredients for different flavors. Thanks for sharing!

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      Susan Zutautas 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      @ChristyZ: Garlic goes good with anything :)

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      Barbara Tremblay Cipak 4 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      Olives! never thought to put those in, but I'll bet that adds a nice flavor

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      Susan Zutautas 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      @RealHousewife: Make two and freeze one :)

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      ChristyZ 4 years ago

      Everyone here loves to eat meat loaf and mash potatoes! Your recipe includes some great spices. I've never tried meatloaf with garlic, it sounds good. :)

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      Susan Zutautas 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      @Brite-Ideas: One day I threw them in to see what they'd taste like and was pleasantly surprised.

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      RealHousewife 4 years ago

      Mmmm everyone loves meat loaf! Maybe I'll make it tonight!

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