It’s nearly everyone’s favorite - meatloaf, not Meat Loaf (the performer). The dish is a long-time favorite comfort food and there are countless recipes, but here's a basic one for today’s dinner. This one was simply formed into a loaf shape and baked in an oblong glass baking dish at 350° degrees for an hour. The basics are taken from the Betty Crocker Cookbook, another long-time favorite.
Meat loaf is often bound with egg, breadcrumbs, cracker crumbs, or oats but use whatever you have on hand and experiment for flavor and texture. Some additions like ½ C thinly sautéed mushrooms should be cooked first. More crunch, add: ½ C coarsely chopped nuts. More spice, add: 2 tsp chili sauce, 1 tbsp Dijon mustard OR 1 tbsp drained horseradish.
Savory Meat Loaf
1 ½ pounds lean ground beef or a mix of pork, veal and beef
1 C milk
1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
1 tsp chopped fresh sage leaves or 1/4 teaspoon dried sage leaves
½ tsp salt
½ tsp ground mustard
¼ tsp pepper
1 garlic clove, finely chopped OR 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
1 egg, lightly beaten
1/2 C bread crumbs OR 3 slices bread, torn into small pieces
1 small onion, chopped (1/4 cup)
½ cup ketchup, chili sauce or barbecue sauce
- Heat oven to 350°F.
- Mix all ingredients except ketchup. Don’t over mix meat loaf.
- Spread mixture in ungreased loaf pan, or shape into 9x5-inch loaf in ungreased rectangular pan, 13x9x2 inches. Spread ketchup over top.
- Bake uncovered 1 hour to 1 hour 15 minutes or until thermometer reads 160° F.
While the meatloaf is cooking, you might want to listen to Meat Loaf - the performer. Who can forget some of his memorable hits...Paradise By the Dashboard Light, Two Out of Three Ain't Bad, or You Took the Words Right Out of My Mouth... all time favorites, just like meatloaf!