Making Meatloaf for the first time

As the title says. I’m a meatloaf making newbie. As such, I don’t really want to try some un-vouched for recipe off a website(doing that with other dishes has been hit or miss for me).

So, please, can I have your recipe?

I’ve used the recipe on the Quaker Oats box most of my adult life. I like it’s simplicity and the Oats give a juicy meatloaf.

I use tomato juice but you can sub tomato sauce.

I love meatloaf sandwiches. We cook a meatloaf every two weeks. Have a regular meal and the leftover meatloaf gets sliced and put in freezer bags. I pull one out of the freezer and let defrost for an hour. Heat in a microwave dish and make hot sandwiches. I like mine with mayo, cheddar cheese, and lettuce on wheat bread.

There’s several recipes on the Quaker web site. But this is the one I use and like.

I’ve made this one several times, so I’ll personally vouch for it for what that’s worth.

Btw, you can buy a meatloaf pan with a built-in rack. It allows the fat to drain and gives a healthier meatloaf.

If you’d rather have a meatloaf that tastes good don’t worry about the fat at all. When the meatloaf is done take it out of the oven, let it sit for 10 minutes and it will absorb all that fat. Now your meatloaf is moist and tasty. I won’t bother to mention there’s nothing healthier about draining all the flavor out of a meatloaf. Oops, I did mention it. Oh well.

I completely agree. Dry meatloaf is terrible. We get lean ground beef and get a tasty result.

I mentioned the pan with a rack for people that have to cut fat in their diet. I have one but prefer using a standard loaf pan.

That preview pic for the video looks really good.

I have literally not eaten meatloaf since I was a kid, because I hated it as a kid when my mom made it. But I love meatballs, and meatloaf is really just a big meatball, right? I might try this recipe.

Making Meatloaf for the first time

Isn’t that a chapter in one of Pamela Des Barres’ memoirs.

I’ve posted this elsewhere…

Aunt Sissy’s Delightfully Different Meatloaf
In 2 lbs hamburger or turkey mix in:
1 whole onion & one whole green pepper, processed, or diced very fine.
2/3 C Parmesan cheese,
1 C Stove top stuffing, crushed or processed fine
1 egg,
2-3T French Dressing,
salt, pepper, garlic powder, Worcestershire sauce, to taste.
Glaze with honey mustard.
Bake at 375 for 1 hour.

Here’s a humorous take on that very attitude.

Great article! Yeah, the second paragraph perfectly captured my still-developing emotional arc toward how I feel about meatloaf. Good general recipe tips, too.

My comment is in janis_and_c0’s post. diced very fine

Whatever ingredients that you use, onions, peppers, garlic, etc. take a little more time to really dice them up. You will end up with the flavors spread more evenly throughout rather than a chunk of onion here, a bit of pepper there. It takes a more time preparing the ingredients but it is worth it. Buying pre-chopped onions, etc. is easier but not better.

Your opinions may vary, it’s just meatloaf! It is a traditional way to use up vegetables and bread you may have on hand by adding some ground meat and baking it. It is not a gourmet dish.

:eyes: I caught that, Mr. Fudd. :grin:

It also holds together better without big chunks of vegetables so you don’t need to add as much egg to hold it all together.

The easiest way to wreck meatloaf is to get fancy with it.

I don’t think I’ve ever followed a meat loaf recipe.

2 parts hamburger
1 part Italian sausage
Between 5-10 eggs
An onion
Some Garlic
Some peppers
A little beef bouillon?
Progresso Italian Bread Crumbs

I top it at the end with a glaze made from ketchup, brown sugar and squirt of mustard.

I use the Lipton Onion Soup Mix recipe, with barbecue sauce substituted for ketchup, and with two rashers of bacon on the top.
When I was in college cooking with a hotplate and a toaster oven I made tons of meatloaves. You need the meet, you need a binder like breadcrumbs or crackers or bread soaked in milk, you need a sauce inside for the flavor, you need some liquid like water. I lost the section of the ground beef cookbook I used then (back then ground beef was 68 cents a pound not on sale) or I’d give more.
But if you internalize the components of a meatloaf, you can make a wide variety of good ones.
My wife says that my meatloaves are better than her mothers. Her mother made them dry.

That’s not meatloaf, it’s a baked omelet :wink:

The whole point is to stretch the meat.

I see recipes with 2 lbs of meat, 1 egg and 1 cup of bread crumbs. Each serving would have 1/8 of an egg and an ounce of bread crumbs. That’s just a hamburger.

This is how I do it - it’s my version of a Fanny Farmer meatloaf and it’s really good. I usually halve the recipe and make 12 meatloaf muffins.

2 cups fresh bread crumbs
1 onion chopped fine
2 eggs slightly beaten
2 lb ground beef
1.5 tsp tsp dry mustard
1.5 tsp salt - go a little light if you are using a very salty cheese
3/4 cup milk
1 cup grated cheese (I’ve had good luck with ementhaler, cheddar, and some kind of smoked cheese)
Bacon - about 4 strips, optional

Grease (or use Pam) tin. Mix everything except the bacon together lightly and place in tin - don’t pat it down, leave it kind of loose. Cut the bacon into pieces and lay on top. Bake at 350F for about 45-55 minutes, or until bacon looks cooked but not dry.

This is popular in my family. I don’t measure, so I’ll do my best with approximations.

3 pounds ground beef
1 onion cut in pieces (not diced)
1 Tablespoon or so of butter
2 Eggs
One or two sandwich rolls torn into pieces
1 teaspoon of salt (I am really unsure on this one)
1 teaspoon of pepper (see above)
Ketchup in small batches (maybe up to about 3 cups)

I put some butter in a frying pan and add a pinch of salt and the chopped onion. I cook that over medium heat for 8 minutes or so. Just until the onion starts to turn translucent.

Put everything in a bowl and mix well. Add the ketchup as you mix to get the mixture to the right consistency. Shape into a loaf, pour a good layer of ketchup on top and bake at 350 for about an hour.

It’s pretty basic, but people seem to like it. Even some kids.