Cooking With Steve: My husband developed this meatloaf recipe after A TON of trial and error–and it was worth all that time and effort!
My husband has been the meatloaf expert at our house for quite some time. Ever since one of my kids requested meatloaf for a celebratory event and mine was, well—not all that awesome—-I have shied away from the recipe. It’s not all that complicated, but somehow mine never quite turned out to be that savory comfort food you want with a good meatloaf.
My husband set out on an experiment of sorts to come up with the best way of making home-cooked meatloaf. Each time, he would tweak the spices and proportions just a little bit. Well, I think he finally has done it. I think this recipe is the BEST meatloaf recipe out there.
Even if you don’t have a big family to cook for, meatloaf is a great comfort food option. Now that we don’t have as many kids at home, we always have leftovers, and the leftovers are always amazing for lunch or on a sandwich. These days, we think it’s worth cooking a meatloaf just to have a yummy lunch option for our son for the week.
You can even freeze meatloaf after it is cooked; see the article here.
Here is how to make your own delicious meatloaf:
The Best Home Cookin’ Meatloaf Recipe
1 1/2 pounds ground meatloaf mix or ground beef
3 slices of fresh bread
1 beaten egg
1 medium onion, finely diced
1 stalk of celery, finely diced
2 T dried parsley
1/2 t dried sage
1/2 t dried thyme
1/2 t black pepper
1 t salt
1 T Worcestershire sauce
2 T ketchup, plus more for topping
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
Process the fresh bread slices in a food processor (a mini processor works well) for about 3 minutes to form fine breadcrumbs.
Mix all ingredients together thoroughly with your hands until the mixture is homogenous.
Place the meat into a roaster or 9 by 13 baking dish. Form it into a loaf.
Top the loaf with ketchup, an extra sprinkling of salt and pepper.
Place the loaf into the preheated oven and cook for one hour or until internal temperature reaches 155 degrees.
Remove the meatloaf from the oven and allow it to rest for five minutes.
Slice and enjoy!
Have a beautiful day, and enjoy some home cookin’ 🙂