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Classic Meatloaf

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This Classic Meatloaf is probably just like your grandmother made! This meatloaf has a tangy and sweet BBQ style sauce on the top and is so moist!

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Classic Meatloaf

Meatloaf is a mixture of meat, either beef or a mixture of meats, such as pork, lamb, venison, veal. The most popular mix is called “Meatloaf mix”, which is a mixture of beef, pork and veal. Meatloaf was made popular during the great recession and used to be a staple food in the 1950’s and 60’s.

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As a child, I think that we ate meatloaf a few times per month. This was my mom’s go to recipe and we have been making it for many years, with good reason! It is the best meatloaf we have ever eaten.

What you need

  • beef
  • fresh bread crumbs
  • eggs
  • milk
  • onions
  • celery
  • thyme
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How to make classic meatloaf

  1. Measure and chop all ingredients.
  2. Soak breadcrumbs in milk.
  3. Whisk eggs.
  4. Add all ingredients to large mixing bowl.
  5. Mix well with hands, but don’t overwork.
  6. Place meatloaf in large bread pan sprayed with no stick spray. Bake 1 hour.
  7. Meanwhile add sauce ingredients to small saucepan.
  8. Mix. Bring to boil and then reduce heat to low. Cook on low heat, stirring occasionally until meatloaf is done.
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When meatloaf is almost cooked through, carefully remove from oven and brush with sauce. Bake for an additional 15 minutes to heat sauce. Serve with additional sauce at table.

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What to Serve with Meatloaf

What goes well with Classic Meatloaf? Meatloaf is quite versatile and lends itself to pair with many other different side dishes. Such as;

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Classic Meatloaf

This Classic Meatloaf is probably just like your grandmother made! This meatloaf has a tangy and sweet BBQ style sauce on the top and is so moist!
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Course: entree, Main Course
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 361kcal
Author: Beth Neels
Cost: $5

Ingredients

  • 3/4 c fresh bread crumbs
  • 1/2 c Milk
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 lbs ground beef or use a mixture of beef, veal and pork
  • 1/2 c diced onion
  • 1/2 c diced celery
  • 1 Tbsp ketchup
  • 1 tsp ground sage
  • 1 tsp dried thyme
  • salt and pepper to taste

For Sauce

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350°F
  • Soak bread crumbs in milk for 5 minutes.
  • Whisk eggs.
  • Add all ingredients to a large bowl and mix thoroughly, but do not overwork.
  • Place meatloaf in a large bread pan, spray with cooking spray.
  • Bake for 45 minutes to 1 hour, until browned on top and internal temperature measures 165°F. In the last 10 minutes, glaze the top with lots of the sauce.

For sauce

  • Add all ingredients to small pot. Cook over medium low heat, stirring occasionally.
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Notes

Notes**
Bake until meat thermometer, placed in center of loaf, registers 165°F.
Store refrigerated up to 4 days.
Reheat leftovers in the microwave.
Leftovers can be frozen.
Meatloaf can be frozen before cooking. Thaw completely, in refrigerator, then bake according to recipe above.

Nutrition

Calories: 361kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 23g | Fat: 25g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 123mg | Sodium: 195mg | Potassium: 398mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 122IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 70mg | Iron: 3mg
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18 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    I always love your step by step instructions to make cooking easier! This looks like such a great meatloaf recipe for a family.

  2. 5 stars
    Best meatloaf ever! Really delicious. All the seasonings in this recipe are perfect. I wouldn’t change a thing. That tangy sauce on top is soooo good.

  3. 5 stars
    Nothing more comforting that a good meatloaf! The classic is always a winner! Looks beautiful and delicious!

  4. 5 stars
    I have made meat loaf many times but this saucy drizzle is so unique. It gives an awesome glaze to the meat loaf and makes it special and perfect too.

  5. 5 stars
    I love making meatloaf. It always goes down so well especially when my boys are visiting! Yours is mouth-watering! Will follow your recipe next time!

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