Archive for March 26th, 2011

Basic Meatloaf

Meatloaf is one of those foods that you either love or hate.  I used to hate it but now I love it!!  C still hates it and will not touch it with a 10 foot pole, so when I make this, it gets taken to a family dinner.  I had searched for a good, easy meatloaf recipe that resulted in a firm, dry loaf because I did not want it to be too wet and sticky. 

This quick and easy recipe is perfect!  It was given to me by my co-worker, K, who is a great cook.  If you like a dense, solid meatloaf that has just the right amount of moisture in it, try this one.  I think you will love it. 

P.S.  It also makes great leftover sandwiches.  You just can’t beat two pieces of white bread with a warm slice of meatloaf in between them.  Yummy!

1 lb ground beef

8 oz can tomato sauce

1/2 medium onion, chopped

2/3 cup crushed saltine crackers

salt & pepper to taste

1/4 cup ketchup

1 tbsp brown sugar

pepper to taste


Please ignore the sleeping dog in the above photo!!  Ha, ha!  Ellie has such a hard life!  Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Prepare a baking sheet.  Since I didn’t want the meatloaf to sit in the juices while it was cooking, here is what I did.  Put a piece of foil on a baking sheet to catch the drips.  Take a baking rack that is smaller than the sheet pan and cover it with foil.  Punch a bunch of holes in the foil on the rack to allow the juices to drain.  This results in a slightly drier meatloaf which is how I like it.  If you want it wetter, just skip this step.

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Combine the beef, tomato sauce, onion, and cracker crumbs in a large bowl.  I just use my hands to mash it all together.  Season with salt and pepper.  Shape into a loaf and place it on the rack.


Cook for one hour.  Just before the hour is up, combine the ketchup, brown sugar, and a little black pepper.  Spread this mixture on the top of the meatloaf and cook for 10 more minutes.  Enjoy!!



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