There are literally thousands of meatloaf recipes and I’ve probably tried at least 100 of them. When Fall rolls around and it gets a bit cooler there is nothing that we love more than sitting at the table together and enjoying some good-old-fashioned comfort food!
Meatloaf is one of my family’s absolute favorite dinners. I think one of the reasons is that it is not only good that first night, but it is even better the next day for meatloaf sandwiches.
Do y’all remember the days of going to a diner and getting the “Blue Plate Special”? Many times it was meatloaf and it was the best meatloaf ever!! Well guess what? I was able to recreate that “best meatloaf ever”!!
This recipe is seriously easy. The only thing that you actually need to do, other than dump all the ingredients into a bowl and mix, is chop the onion. After that, just put everything into a bowl and mix with your hands until everything is incorporated.
When putting it into the loaf pan, I really mash it down (very technical term there Ha!) I find that when you make sure it is really packed into the pan you don’t end up with little pockets of grease in the middle of the loaf. This also makes it much easier to slice for sandwiches the next day.
Wait, A Pan?
I know, many people don’t like to use a pan for meatloaf. They just form the loaf in the middle of a baking sheet and cook it like that. I personally think that baking it in a loaf pan is one of the things that makes this the best meatloaf ever! It will keep your meatloaf packed together nicely, give you those nice crispy edges as well as keeping much of the moisture in.
Be sure to save this recipe because it is sure to become one of your family’s favorites!
Best Meatloaf Ever
- 2.5 lbs Ground Beef No less than 80% lean
- 1 small Onion chopped fine
- 2 Eggs
- 1 cup Rolled Oats aka Old Fashioned Oats
- 1/2 cup Tomato Sauce
- 1/2 tsp Fresh Ground Pepper
- 1 tsp Garlic Powder
- 1 tsp Onion Powder
- 1 tsp Salt
- 1 tablespoon Worcestershire Sauce
- 1/4 cup ketchup
- 2 tbsp Brown Sugar
- 2 tsp Yellow Mustard
- 2 tbsp Steak Sauce I use the generic A1 type
- Preheat oven 350 degrees and spray a 9 x 5 loaf pan with cooking spray
- In a large bowl mix all meatloaf ingredients together.
- Mix all sauce ingredients together in a small bowl and set aside
- Place meatloaf mixture into greased loaf pan and press into place. I personally like my meatloaf solid so that it doesn't fall apart when I cut it, which is why I press mine pretty tightly into that pan.
- Spread sauce mixture over top of meatloaf
- Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour and 30 minutes
- Let cool for about 15 minutes (if you can wait) and then enjoy
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