Easy Basic Meatloaf

When it comes to meatloaf, I’ve heard several reactions…mostly the famous, “Ewwww, meatloaf!!”  And really what makes me quote is little Randy not wanting to eat his meatloaf and mashed potatoes in the movie “A Christmas Story.”  Well, not in our house growing up.  In fact, it’s quite the opposite.  When our family gets together, we get excited when my mom makes meatloaf, because it’s actually pretty dang yummy.  If there are any leftovers, it’s not much.  Several years ago when my husband had it for the first time, he was not looking forward to it…but polished off his entire serving of it and even went so far as to say, “That was good.”  Indeed it was.

basic meatloaf

Since then, I’ve been working on my own concoction of meatloaf, without using the onion soup mix that my mom used for her recipe while we were growing up.  I’ve played with the recipe several times, and have reached a good point of satisfaction…my husband and daughter both love it!  Success!

For the Meatloaf:

2 pounds ground beef (80-85%)

1 egg

1 teaspoon garlic powder

1 tablespoon onion powder

1 tablespoon Worcestershire

1 cup milk

1 cup seasoned Panko breadcrumbs

1/3 cup ketchup

For the Topping:

1/3 cup ketchup

2 tablespoons brown sugar

1 tablespoon Dijon mustard

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Combine all ingredients in a bowl and mix well with hands.  Place into meatloaf pan, or in a greased 9×13 inch baking dish, form mixture into a loaf.  Prepare topping, rush over top of meatloaf.  Bake for 1 hour to 1 hour 20 minutes, until juices run clear or internal temperature reads 155 degrees F.  Let sit for about 10 minutes before serving.


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