Surprisingly, my daughter even requests this meal. The boys love it and the fireman professes that it’s in the top 5 meatloaf recipes he’s ever had. This coming from a man that orders it at every truckstop and Mom & Pop restuarant he comes across. He loves meatloaf.
He makes this meatloaf at the firestation, except he makes 5 pounds worth. He tells me he always credits me for the recipe. But, it’s not true. It’s actually from my mom. And I only slightly adapted it. She gave me this recipe about 7 or 8 years ago. When she gave me the recipe, I didn’t think I would try it. I mean, I don’t like meatloaf. I had it as a kid, and never liked her meatloaf. But she had come across a new recipe that she liked and wanted me to try it.
It took me nearly 6 months to try it. I just didn’t think I’d like it. Oh, how I was wrong. And now, it’s a staple on our rotation. I normally make 3 pounds worth because the kids love leftovers and the fireman loves cold meatloaf sandwiches. *ew*
You could use homemade breadcrumbs and herbs and minced onion and beef bullion, etc… But I don’t live my life worried about every recipe being homemade. Sometimes the best recipes are the ones with a few prepared items. This is one of them. Stove Top’s Savory Herbs has the perfect mix of seasonings and the larger chunks of breadcrumbs makes this meatloaf wonderful. The fireman says Stove Top’s Cornbread stuffing is great, too with the same seasonings, but different breadcrumbs. I also use onion soup mix. I also mix in just a little water to help it combine. I don’t use an egg. Weird. I know.
No, that’s not true. The real reason that I form them into shorter, wider loaves is that it gives more surface area for the meatloaf sauce. I love meatloaf sauce.
Bake the loaves, covered. When they’re done, there will be some liquid that has cooked out of the meat. Just use your lid to hold the meat in and pour out any excess liquid. Then, loving cover with this super special sauce.
Even if you’re not a meatloaf lover, you may change your tune.
Just don’t forget the sauce.
Mom’s Meatloaf1 1/2 lbs ground beef (I used 90% lean) 1 envelope onion soup mix 3/4 cup Stove Top’s Savory Herb stuffing 1/4 cup water Sauce- 1/2 cup ketchup, 2 tsp mustard, 1/4 scant cup of brown sugar (I used brown baking sweetener) -Combine in bowl, don’t overmix, press into loaf shape in a dish with sides to catch excess grease. Cover and bake at 350 for about 30 minutes. Sauce the loaf liberally, then bake uncovered for 3-5 minutes. Serve.