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Recipe: The Ultimate Meatloaf Recipe

Published June 20, 2014 8:00 AM by Stephanie Bruno-Dowling
Meatloaf is not a food that is usually part of my cooking repertoire. I do LIKE meatloaf, but I need to admit that I don't always like making it. I often get nervous when I do, fearing that I won't be able to shape it correctly and it will somehow fall apart in the oven! However, today's recipe offers solutions for the meatloaf blues! In addition, today's recipe is a collaboration of several, which I have collected and put together to create a real winner. When made well, it is a delicious and hearty meal that will satisfy even the pickiest of eaters!

You will Need:

  • 1 1/2 pounds ground beef
  • 1 egg
  • 1 ½ teaspoons onion powder
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 cup dried bread crumbs
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons prepared mustard
  • 1/3 cup ketchup
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce

Recipe Steps:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the beef, egg, onion powder, milk and bread crumbs. Mix everything together well.
  3. Season with salt and pepper to help bring out the flavors.
  4. Place in a lightly greased 5x9 inch loaf pan OR form into a loaf and place in a lightly greased 9x13 inch baking dish. *Another way to make meatloaf more "kid-friendly" is to shape your meat mixture into individual discs, similar to a meatball or hamburger. You could also use a "mini" loaf pan and make several small meatloaf shapes. 
  5. Once you have decided on and created your meatloaf shape, it's time to top it off! In a separate small bowl, combine the brown sugar, mustard and ketchup. Mix well and pour over the meatloaf.
  6. Bake for 1 hour or until browning on top. *You may want to use a meat thermometer to ensure that a large loaf is cooked thoroughly. In addition, adjust your cooking time based on the size of your loaves. You will need less time for small loaves.

Serve with crescent rolls and macaroni and cheese for the ultimate kid-friendly, belly-busting meal!

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    Stephanie Bruno Dowling, M.S. CCC-SLP
    Occupation: Speech-Language Pathologist
    Setting: Early Intervention in Delaware County, PA
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