Easy Meat Loaf Recipe - Cooking From Scratch
This recipe for Easy Meatloaf is almost too easy and it tastes too good! For years I refused to make or eat meatloaf, remembering the ketchup topped mass of meat that my mother would serve. There always seemed to be little flavor and too much meat. Yes I know it was meatloaf, but still. I had bad memories. That is until I heard of a recipe that did not incorporate ketchup or bread crumbs. I modified it a little and came up with this Easy Meatloaf and it has been a huge hit in my family. It is easy to make, freezes and reheats well and is so good!
1 lb ground beef or turkey
1 cup of stuffing
1/2 cup water
1 egg, beaten
1/2 cup barbeque sauce
Mix all ingredients well and shape meat into an oval loaf. Place in a baking dish and bake at 375 for 45 minutes to 1 hour - until the center in no longer pink.
I double and sometimes triple this recipe. It freezes very well. If freezing allow the loaves to cool, wrap in tinfoil and place in a gallon size freezer bag. When ready to eat, thaw in the fridge and reheat in the oven for 25-30 minutes.
One of the reasons I like this meatloaf recipe is the stuffing adds good texture and seasoning and it breaks up the meat. The barbeque sauce adds a unique flavor. I really like a honey teriyaki sauce, although regular bbq sauce is delicious too. I also like that this meatloaf is shaped and then placed in a dish larger than the meatloaf itself. This allows the top and sides to get crispy and the flavor is very nice.
You can also make individual loaves. If you have mini bread pans this would be a great way to cook up enough for just two people. I also like to use muffin tins for the meatloaf. This way there are individual size portions of meatloaf and the kids get a kick out of the shape. These smaller loaves also freeze well and it is even easier to pull out what you need for a meal. If you are going to make smaller portions of this recipe, remember not to cook it for as long as the recipe states.
My kids prefer that I serve this with mashed potatoes and salad. Tonight we had the meatloaf with glazed carrots, applesauce and crescent rolls. I think almost any side dish would go well with this meatloaf. Enjoy!