Meatloaf Anyone?

Amanda - posted on 07/15/2009 ( 16 moms have responded )




Hi I am 24 and have never made meatloaf before EVER! I was wondering if anyone has any tips on how to make a good meatloaf (including how long you cook it for and on what?) or any unique things you add to it...Thanks!



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Kathleen - posted on 08/03/2009




hi amanda everyone loves my meatloaf but if they see me mix it they can,t believe what i put in it,,,,,,,so here goes,,,,i use large pack of ground meat i think it,s about 3lbs mix in 1/2 cup mustard,1/2 cup ketchup,, salt,, pepper,,, italian spice mix,,, chopped onion if you like onion,,,,mix all together and form into loaf ,, i like to put a can of crushed tomatoes add a half can water mix and pour over the meatloaf , put in oven at 375 for 45min,sto one hour,,, when all done shut over off oven and cover the top of meatloaf with shredded mozzarella cheese and there you go you will love it,,, if you like you can peel poto. and put around meatloaf while cooking and your whole meal is cooked all in one.

Rhianna - posted on 08/02/2009




My grandmother makes a wicked meatloaf. She usually replaces chopped onions with onion powder (most of my family HATES onions), and instead of ketchup or tomato sauce, she uses a can of tomato soup. I've also heard of someone using goldfish crackers in place of bread crumbs or saltines.

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I taught myself to cook using the Betty Crocker Red Cookbook- and that meatloaf recipe is THE GREATEST. My husband likes it better than his mother's, so I guess that is saying something- although I've had hers...
Every recipe in that cookbook is super, easy and basic. Everything tastes great. I love to cook now and to bake- all thanks to that cookbook.

Tracy - posted on 07/31/2009




I make mini-meatloaves using muffin pans. They are quick, super easy to make and taste wonderful! This also cuts your cooking time way down.I use the Italian recipe. But instead of the Italian seasoning I just use the savory herbs stove top stuffing.

Jenny - posted on 07/30/2009




Mix 1 lb ground beef with 1 pkg stove top stuffing mix and 1 cup water. Pack mixture into a muffin tray to make mini meatloaf cakes. Make an indent in the center of each one and fill with a squirt of bbq sauce or a spoon full of salsa or tomato sauce. Bake for 30 min at 350. Take out of oven and spread cheez whiz on each meatloaf. Bake for 5 more minutes.

Kim - posted on 07/30/2009




All of these recipes look great! The great thing about meatloaf is that you can make it several different ways - Here is a tip that I don't think I've seen here yet that I ran across on another website. I tried it and couldn't believe the difference. If you take a few slices of bread and put it at the bottom of your loaf pan or cookie sheet, it absorbs ALL of the grease form the meatloaf. The days of draining the grease off half way through are over. I was amazed at the difference this made. My meat was perfectly done, it wasn't soggy - and clean up was a snap! Good luck!

April - posted on 07/30/2009




* These make individual meatloaves as it is 1.) Portion Control. and 2.) Left overs are perfect for next day lunch and is easier to store in the fridge.

April - posted on 07/30/2009





* 1 tablespoon olive oil
* 3 cups chopped yellow onions
* 1 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme leave
* 2 teaspoons kosher salt
* 1 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
* 3 tablespoons worcestershire sauce
* 1/3 cup low sodium chicken broth
* 1 tablespoon tomato paste
* 2 1/2 lbs 81% lean ground chuck
* 1/2 cup plain breadcrumbs (recommended Progresso)
* 2 extra-large eggs, beaten
* 1/2 cup ketchup (recommended Heinz)


Preheat the oven to 350ºF.
Heat the olive oil in a medium sauté pan. Add the onions, thyme, salt, and pepper and cook over medium-low heat, stirring occasionally, for 8-10 minutes, until the onions are translucent but not brown. (We cooked ours longer, as we like them caramelized, 10-15 minutes).
Off the heat, add the Worcestershire sauce, chicken broth, and tomato paste. Allow to cool slightly.
In a large bowl, combine the ground chuck, onion mixture, bread crumbs, and eggs, and mix lightly with a fork.
DON'T MASH or meatloaf will be dense.
Divide the mixture into 6(10-11 oz)portions.(That is what the recipe calls for but we made them about 4-6 oz).

Then shape each portion into a small loaf on a baking sheet.

Spread about a tablespoon of ketchup on top of each portion.

Bake for 40-45 minutes, until the internal temperature is 155º-160ºF and the meat loaves are cooked through.

Amy - posted on 07/25/2009




My family loves this meat loaf its : 1-2 lbs of hamburger, 1/2 cup of saltine crackers (crushed) , 1/2 c. milk, 1 egg, diced onion, then mix up. Then put in pan and then i set aside and mix up 1/4 cup of ketchup and 1/4 cup of mustard and about 2 TBLS. of brown sugar mix up and spread on top of meatloaf and line up strips of bacon on top and cook for 350* for 1hr and 1/2 ...

Denise - posted on 07/25/2009




This recipe is so easy! 2 lb ground beef, 1 pkg of stuffing mix (chicken flavor), 1 cup water, 2 eggs beaten,1/2 cup bbq sauce, divided. Heat oven to 375, mix all ingredients except 1/4 cup bbq sauce. mix well and put into a bread loaf pan, top with remaining bbq sauce. bake 1 hour -1 hour 15 minutes. SO EASY

Carrie - posted on 07/25/2009




ok this is how I make 2 lbs burger 1 pks lipton onion soup mix 1 or 2 eggs 1/2 to 3/4 pks saltines crush it all together put in meatloaf pan for 1 hour and about 275 or 300 I check it half way thru and vry carefully drain grease so its not so soggy my husband lovs it let me know how it turns out

Jodie - posted on 07/24/2009




Meat loaf is great because you can personalize it any way you want. There are a million recipies for it and is almost no fail. I like to sneek grated carrots or some chopped spinich in as well.

Hannah - posted on 07/24/2009




I just found this GREAT turkey meatloaf recipe, it's healthy, and tastes wonderful! My boyfriend and his kids love it! Any way, the recipe is:

For the meatloaves

1 slice whole-wheat bread

1/2 cup skim milk

1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon olive oil

1 onion, diced

5-ounce bag baby spinach leaves

1 1/4 pounds ground turkey

2 tablespoons finely grated Parmesan

1 large egg

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

1/8 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg

For the glaze:

3 tablespoons ketchup

2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce

1 teaspoon hot sauce

Preheat the oven to 375

Fry the onion and the spinach together

Mix all the other ingedients in a large bowl (tear bread into small pieces)

Add the fried onion and spinach to the mixture, stir everything really good.

Then, take a 1 cup measuring cup, and scoop the meat onto a cookie sheet. There is enough meatloaf for 4 servings.

Put the glaze on top of the mini meatloaf, and pop it in the oven for 40 minutes.

This recipe is soooo good! And only has about 230 calories per serving. By the way, it's the first and only meatloaf I'll ever make. Enjoy!

Corrie - posted on 07/24/2009




I use 2lbs ground beef, diced onion and diced green pepper (chop it small so it cooks evenly) 1 egg and bread crumbs. Mix, but don't mix just until combined and put in a large bread pan. I then make my topping, I only eyeball it now but I think it is even parts ketchup, brown sugar and a squirt of mustard, poor over the top and bake about 1-1 1/2 hours. My kids hate meat and eat it every time!!

Denise - posted on 07/16/2009




i am making meatloaf tonight. i mix 2 lbs ground beef and 1 lb ground turkey. i mix in chopped onion, cheddar cheese, bread crumbs, garlic, and 2 beaten eggs. when mixed well i spread it out on to some wax paper. and than i lay a few strips of cooked bacon and roll up the meatloaf. and than i try and make it in a meatlof shape. i bake it at 375. until the center of the meatloaf reaches 165. i serve this with either mashed potatoes or baked potatoes. and green beans. my family loves it. even my 4 yr old.

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