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Old Fashioned Simple Meatloaf

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Old Fashioned Simple Meatloaf
Old Fashioned Simple Meatloaf

Preparation Time: 30 minutes or less Cooking Time: 1 - 2 hours Serves: 4
Category: Dinner Sub-Category: Beef Cuisine: American


Old Fashioned Meatloaf
Meatloaf is a pretty basic, southern food. It's not healthy but it tastes very, very good.

There's about a million ways to make meatloaf but I personally enjoy it made very simply.

The following are the ingredients, but this was to feed quite a few people. You can easily cut this in half and feed two and still have leftovers for sandwiches. Cold meatloaf sandwiches are delicious, trust me.

Anyway, you'll need:

Two pounds of lean ground beef
Two cups of bread crumbs. I prefer the Progresso Italian kind since it adds flavor.
Worcestershire sauce.
3 Eggs.
A can of tomato sauce (around 15 ounces or so).

Just a heads up - Substituting salsa for the tomato sauce is very good if you want a little extra kick to your meatloaf. Adding chopped onions to the overall mixture is also very nice.

Step 1:

Mix the eggs up in a small bowl or a food processor.

Combine the ground beef, four or five shots of worcestershire sauce, the eggs, the tomato sauce, and the bread crumbs in a large bowl. Keep the ketchup to the side for now. Mix it all up with your hands until it becomes somewhat thick. Once it's thick you can form the 'loaves' on a baking sheet. When you have the loaves formed add a layer of ketchup to the top as if it were icing. Add pepper or garlic powder if you want to. Since I had two pounds of ground beef I made two loaves as shown in this picture:

Now put it in the oven for one hour at 375F. Ovens are obviously all different but meatloaf is hard to mess up. If you're unsure of whether or not it is done you can insert a fork in it. If the fork comes out clean it's probably done. You should also notice, when it's nearing completion, that the edges will be browning.

Since you have an hour to kill you can go ahead and start working on mashed potatoes, corn, etc.

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