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
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!
Makes 2 average meatloafs or 1 large one. Each serves 6-8 average servings, 4-6 large servings
2 1/2 to 3 lb.
Ground beef or half ground beef and half
Whole onion, chopped into 1/2 inch
4 oz. can sliced mushrooms
teaspoon garlic powder
Cup quick cook oatmeal
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Place meat in a large bowl.
Add eggs, Worcestershire sauce, salt, garlic
powder, onion and all other ingredients to meat in bowl.
Mix all ingredients together. We use our freshly washed,
clean hands to make sure everything is mixed together completely.
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.
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