Basic Meatloaf

This is my recipe for basic meatloaf. You can add all kinds of things to it and swap out ingredients for other flavors you might be wanting. Pretty easy and quick.

Ingredients
1 pound lean ground beef
1/4 cup onions, diced, sauted and cooled
1 egg
1/4 cup bread crumbs
2 tablespoons worcestershire sauce
2 tablespoons ketchup
1 tablespoon deli mustard
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon fresh ground pepper
1/2 cup ketchup

Preheat oven to 350. Mix together egg, bread crumbs, worcestershire sauce, 2 tablespoons ketchup, onion, mustard, garlic powder and pepper. Gently mix in meat, don’t squish it together, it will make it tough. Shape meatloaf mixture in a baking dish making sure it’s large enough for 2 inches around each side of the meatloaf so the heat will cook it evenly and the grease will have a place to go. Cover with the 1/2 cup ketchup and bake for 45 minutes. Let cool for 10-15 minutes before cutting and serving.

Substitutions: you can use BBQ sauce instead of the ketchup and add 1/2 cup grated cheese to make a cheese burger meatloaf.

Or you can add diced carrots and celery and mushrooms, sauted and cooled first, to the original mixture for more veggies in the mix.

You can also add 1/4 cup cooked and crumbled bacon and 1/4 cup cheese to the mixture for something different.

My mom always put a couple cloves into the top of the meatloaf before cooking and then removed them before cooking and it added an interesting flavor. If you would like to try this I would recommend mixing in 1/8, or just a sprinkle, of ground cloves to the mixture before you mix in the meat.

You can use ground pork, chicken or turkey if you like but the cooking times will be a little different and you will need to check it often to make sure it doesn’t get over cooked. Or you can use 1/2 pound ground beef and 1/2 pound ground pork for a juicer meatloaf.

This recipe also makes great meat balls, just add 1 tablespoon milk and mix in before you add the meat. Roll into balls and brown in a skillet or bake in the oven on a sheet pan for 15-20 minutes in a 350 oven. Or you can throw them in a crock pot with a tomato sauce and cook on low for 4 hours.

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