Monday, November 23, 2009

Meat Loaf

Meat loaf is the ultimate comfort food, especially when served with a hearty helping of mashed potatoes. This is my favorite meatloaf recipe that I've come across so far, far better than meat loaf made with condensed vegetable soup. Although it's a subtle change, adding brown sugar and dry mustard to the ketchup glaze really makes a big difference.

Meat Loaf

from the Better Homes and Gardens New Cookbook

2 eggs, beaten
3/4 cup milk
2/3 cup fine dry bread crumbs or 2 cups soft bread crumbs (2 1/2 slices)
1/4 cup finely chopped onion
2 tablespoons snipped fresh parsley
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoons dried leaf sage, basil, or oregano, crushed
1/8 teaspoon black pepper
1 1/2 pounds lean ground beef, ground lamb, or ground por
1/4 cup ketchup
2 tablespoons packed brown sugar
1 teaspoon dry mustard

1. In a medium bowl combine eggs and milk; stir in bread crumbs, onion, parsley, salt, sage, and pepper. Add ground meat; mix well. Lightly pat mixture into an 8x4x2-inch loaf pan.

2. Bake in a 350 degree oven for 1 to 1 1/4 hours or until internal temperature registers 160 degrees on an instant read thermometer. Spoon off fat. In a small bowl combine ketchup, brown sugar, and mustard; spread over meat. Bake for 10 minutes more. Let stand for 10 minutes before cutting into eight slices.


  1. We use that recipe as well, but instead of 1.5 lbs ground beef, I use .75 lbs ground turkey and .75 lbs ground turkey sausage. (I tripled the recipe and froze a bunch of meatloaf mixes before Connor was born.) Oh, and I'm a fan of oatmeal instead of breadcrumbs (add enough until you get a good consistency, usually 2-3 handfuls). I might add a few more seasonings too, and onion... Ok, so I kind of use this recipe :)

  2. I use 1/4 c. onion in this recipe, but I might start putting a little more in. When I make meatloaf with turkey, I use a different recipe from The Joy of Cooking, although using half turkey sausage sounds intriguing. I've never used oatmeal for the crumbs, but I might have to try that sometime.