How do you make meatloaf?

United States
February 28, 2024 10:32am CST
My aunt taught me her recipe for meatloaf..1.5lbs of ground chuck, onion, 1 egg, a dash of milk, 5 Ritz crackers, garlic. But I use McCormacks Hamburger seasoning and a little Thyme. 350 degree over for 45 min. Put ketchup on top and back in the oven for about 7 min. Have never had a bad meatloaf. Last night I served it with mashed taters and collard greens. I found some ChowChow (hot) and wanted to try it out, so instead of corn, I opened a can of Margaret Holmes Collard Greens..I think that brand is better than any home cooked Collards I have ever had...and a lot easier. LOL
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@capirani (2700)
• United States
28 Feb
I have 3 recipes for meatloaves. My great aunt always made it from half ground beef and half ground pork. My mom did not use the ground pork and i don't either. My mom's recipe which I have made more for more people, is 3 to 5 lbs ground beef, not chuck. Then I add one chopped onion, yellow mustard, catsup, about equal parts. (I don't use exact measurements in anything except in baking desserts.) Seasoning is salt, pepper, garlic powder, and celery salt. Mix, put in a roaster, spread with catsup, cover and bake at 325 F for about an hour, then uncover for the last 10 or 15 minutes to finish. This recipe has grease left over and makes the best meatloaf gravy. I love to make Salisbury steaks but decided it is easier to make meatloaf with the same recipe. I use 3-5 lbs of ground beef (not chuck), chopped onion, a long packet of saltines crumbled, and enough milk to make the mixture moist. Mix, put in roaster and cover. Bake for about an hour leaving open the last 10 or 15 minutes to brown. Depending on my mood, I may cover with mushroom soup for a gravy. This third recipe I have never yet made the meatloaf yet. It is basically an Indian kabob recipe that could easily turned into a meatloaf. In fact, I believe just about any meatball recipe would make a great meatloaf. This Indian recipe calls for a lot of Indian spices including ground coriander, ground cumin, turmeric, red chili powder, cinnamon, cardamom, ginger, garlic, salt and pepper. I mix these with 3-5 lbs of ground beef (not chuck) and chopped onions. I did not put any measurements for this recipe as it would best be done by taste, especially the chili powder. But for mine, I use 2 very heaped table spoons ( the kind you use at your table, not measuring types) of the coriander and cumin, half a table spoon of turmeric and a little less than half of the chili powder. The cinnamon I just sprinkle in until I have what I want. I have never measured it. I eyeball these recipes as it was how I was taught by my Indian mother-in-law. I get the tip of a teaspoon of cardamom. The rest is just eyeball and taste. Bake the same way as previous recipes..covered for an hour and last 10-15 minutes uncovered so it can brown.
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• United States
28 Feb
I for a loaf on top of a broiler pan...all the grease goes down into the bottom of the pan, and the meatloaf is mostly dry, but by only cooking it 45 min it doesn't dry out. I used to cook it for an hour, but it got really dry once, and I went down to 45min, then put ketchup on top and baked for another 5-10 min. I made meatloaf hamburgers one time, and Tom cooked them on the grill. They were okay, but didn't try that again. LOL
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@capirani (2700)
• United States
29 Feb
@Ghostlady It depends on how much meat you use. Smaller amounts would cook in less time.
@capirani (2700)
• United States
29 Feb
@Ghostlady I made meatloaf burgers for my grandson a couple of times. I had to hide veggies back then so I put peas in the meatloaf. But he always wanted burgers instead. So he had peas in his meatloaf burgers and cauliflower in his mashed potatoes. He never knew. I fried them in cast iron skillet. I haven't had a grill for a long time.
@kaylachan (57272)
• Daytona Beach, Florida
28 Feb
Good old southern cooking at it's finest.
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@AmbiePam (85192)
• United States
28 Feb
I made meatloaf a few times using my sister’s recipe. The best tip was to use barbecue sauce instead of ketchup.
• United States
29 Feb
I have used BBQ sauce a few times, when I was out of ketchup, different for sure.
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@RebeccasFarm (86392)
• United States
28 Feb
Easily..it is so easy to make. Mostly I put a few breadcrumbs, ketchup and seasoning. Thats it.
@LindaOHio (155285)
• United States
29 Feb
Always had trouble with our meatloaf falling apart. Have a great day.
@Happy2BeMe (99410)
• Canada
28 Feb
Sounds delcious. One of my favorite meals. I like to change it up every now and then but I make it much the same as you do.