There are as many recipes for meatloaf as there are cooks. This is my favorite: a simple meatloaf recipe that can be customized to your preferences. Begin with the basic recipe and adjust the spices from the list below to suit your family’s tastes. You may change up the meat and spices.
I use ground beef in my meatloaf recipe to make things simple. Many chefs combine ground beef with ground pig or ground veal. Some people add sausage to their combination. If you want to blend meats, use 1/2 to 3/4 pound of pig, veal, or sausage for every pound of beef. Using seasoned Italian-style bread crumbs to season the meatloaf makes this dish simple and fast to make. I don’t even bother measuring anything. I just combine the ingredients, using a decent quantity of each. Add extra bread crumbs if the mixture is too wet. If the mixture is too dry, add extra ketchup. It’s a simple meatloaf recipe that’s foolproof.
A Simple Meat Loaf Recipe
- 1 1/2 pound ground chuck
- 3/4 cup (Italian style) bread crumbs
- Two eggs
- 1 large onion, coarsely chopped
- a quarter teaspoon of salt
- 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
- Optional: 1 teaspoon garlic powder, 1 teaspoon onion powder.
- 1/4 cup catsup + additional for sprinkling on top if desired
- 2 tbsp. Worcestershire sauce (optional but tasty)
- Preheat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
- In a large loaf pan or ovenproof baking dish, combine all of the ingredients.
- Shape into a loaf shape.
- Bake for 1 hour at 375 degrees Fahrenheit, or until done.
- During the final 20 minutes of baking, I like to cover the top with extra catsup.
Seasonings such as sliced bell pepper, chopped celery leaves, minced parsley, and thyme may be added. If using sausage, replace the garlic, onion powder, and Worcestershire sauce with finely chopped apple and leave out the garlic, onion powder, and Worcestershire sauce. If desired, small chopped vegetables such as potatoes, carrots, or peas may be added. Some chefs add chopped olives, pickles, or hard-boiled eggs. You may use canned soup instead of catsup, putting more on top while it bakes. The possibilities are limitless.
If you have leftovers from this simple meatloaf recipe, it makes a tasty sandwich filler the following day, but don’t bank on it. This is a hit with my family.