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Our Favorite Meatloaf

Posted by Denise on January 1, 2011

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We love this meatloaf! This is the meatloaf we make when we need a comforting meal. It is perfect with a lettuce or fruit salad and some fresh bread.

We developed this recipe over a period of a couple of years and it has become our favorite meatloaf recipe. I took my Mom's basic recipe and made changes based on additional tastes that we like. Of course, I keep Mom's recipe as a reliable alternate since we like it also!

I used to feel guilty about feeding my family meatloaf because there was a time when television commercials and sitcoms made fun of meatloaf. They would show an unhappy family and one of the characters would say "Meatloaf, again?" in a negative way. So I thought that meatloaf was mundane and even though we like it, I didn't want to make it very often for fear of overdoing it. But my family loves my meatloaf and when I didn't make it for a while they would ask for it. I finally decided that it doesn't matter how frequently I make it as long as they don't get sick of it. And it is an inexpensive, tasty way to feed big appetites!

I sometimes use half ground beef and half ground turkey to make it healthier. We found that using turkey for more than half of the meat changes the texture and makes the meatloaf dry so you will want to keep that in mind. The great part about it is that my guys can't really tell the difference when I use turkey!

This recipe makes two normal meatloafs. We divide it in two and freeze one for a later meal. The meatloaf freezes well and if well covered, will last in the freezer for several months. Put the frozen meatloaf in the refrigerator the night before you intend to bake it to allow it to thaw, or put it into a cold oven, start the oven and cook it for slightly longer, making sure to check it periodically to keep the top from burning.

We really like this with our Waldorf Salad recipe (coming soon, I promise!). There is something about using a bite of meatloaf to sop up the salad dressing that tastes good. Way good!  Also, my guys love to add barbeque sause to their meatloaf because they say it goes great with it. Try it and let us know in the comment section below what you like to eat it with!

 

Our Favorite Meatloaf Recipe

Makes 2 average meatloafs or 1 large one. Each serves 6-8 average servings, 4-6 large servings
 

  Ingredients:

2 1/2 to 3 lb. Ground beef or half ground beef and half ground turkey
2 Large eggs
1 Whole onion, chopped into 1/2 inch pieces
1 4 oz. can sliced mushrooms
1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 Cup quick cook oatmeal
1/2 Cup milk
   

  Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Place meat in a large bowl.
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  4.  Add eggs, Worcestershire sauce, salt, garlic powder, onion and all other ingredients to meat in bowl.

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  5. Mix all ingredients together. We use our freshly washed, clean hands to make sure everything is mixed together completely.

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  6. Divide in two and put one half into a loaf pan or similarly sized pan. I like to mound the mixture in the center and create juice channels along the sides so that it doesn't overflow when cooking. I like to freeze the other half of the mixture in another loaf pan placed inside of a freezer bag. Just thaw in the refrigerator overnight when you want to cook it.

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  7. Bake in oven for approximately 60 minutes or more depending on pan depth. If using a shallower pan, check the loaf at about 45 minutes to see if it is done. Monitor it every few minutes for done-ness. If making one really large meatloaf, increase baking time until done. This meatloaf is pretty forgiving and hard to overcook. As always with ground beef and turkey, make sure it is cooked through for safety.

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